This morning I opened my eyes and felt like a child at Christmas. I skipped onto my mat (well, it felt like it at least), sat down to meditate and then.. . started to write. No asanas, no chanting, or such.. I ...
This morning I opened my eyes and felt like a child at Christmas. I skipped onto my mat (well, it felt like it at least), sat down to meditate and then.. . started to write. No asanas, no chanting, or such.. I wrote.
It’s the date of Guru Purnima, a holiday devoted to teachers in India. (Gu – darkness – Ru – light: The one who brings light to darkness).
I had to write a 6 am love-letter to my friends (aka newsletter subscribers) that today is the day of the teacher. It’s an important day!
Because I believe in some way or the other we are all teachers. As a partner, sister, mother, co-worker or simply being with ourselves. You can be your best teacher. No matter who or what we encounter in life, we teach ourselves and our environment. So it’s a respectable role with a lot of responsibility.
I remember as a teenager, on a day where we went to a professional orientation centre. I was utterly shocked, because the computer who tested which profession would be most suitable for us spit out : teacher or lawyer. But I used to hate school, I enjoyed the social aspect of it and the breaks, because I could go smoking in the dark corners behind the buildings and listen to Nirvana. But on that day, and I’ll never forget this, when I complained to my beloved school teachers the outcome of the test, they said with a self-justifying smile: Yes, Alexa, we knew that you should become a teacher. Being a little green-haired punk I rebelled. No way I’d spend my whole life in a school building. After circling and trying out a different subjects at Uni (International Management and Law) I found my happy place studying high school teaching in Biology and Physical Education. AND I HAD THE BEST TIME OF MY LIFE. Isn’t that funny.
Back to today. Today is also the day of the blue moon, which means it’s the second full moon in the same month. This is an event that only happens every 2.7 years. It’s considered an auspicious and transformational event.
So let’s bring these two together my fellow yogis/teachers:
Take this time to honour your teachers, send them your love and appreciation, but also tune into your own inner teacher… ..do this with the trust and openness you give to your real teachers.
Also take the time to set new intentions for your future. Remember we are made out of water and highly influenced by the moon. This is not just whoo, whoo-whoo or whoo-whoo-whoo talk (as my friend Matt Worley quoted last week). This is highly scientific, yogis.
I’ll make a start, and then it’s your turn. I honour:
First and foremost ❤ my students who inspire me to be the best teacher I can possibly be. I love you. Thank you!
And I send my deepest loving gratitude to ..
Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa
Judith Hanson Lasater
John Ogilvie and my teachers at Yogapoint in Nashik
as well as YOGI BAJAN, KRISHNAMACHARYA ANS HIS STUDENTS DESIKACHAR, IYENGARJI AND SRI K PATTABI JOIS who gifted us in the West with their knowledge and teachings.
… and my new teachers and colleagues, Cveta Jovanoska, Kelly Moriarty, Sophie Brauer, Amy Landry and Claire Walshey. But also to Marianne Williamson Yoga Medicine by Tiffany Cruikshank, Sianna Sherman, Elena Brower, Christina Frosolono Sell, Shiva Rea and Eoin Finn for being a huge inspiration for my journey.
And OF COURSE :: Mama Ocean! You are my star!
It was a moment of awakening when I realised that I had to pass on the tradition of yoga. That I owed it to my teachers and their teachers.
In Kundalini Yoga we refer to this reverence as the Golden Chain of teachers, and acknowledge this by chanting the Adi mantra ‘Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo’ (Ong Namo -I bow to the subtle divine wisdom / Guru Dev Namo – I bow to the divine teacher within) at the beginning of each practice.
With this mantra we relate instantly to the divine teacher within us. Adi means primal or first. It’s used to centre us in the higher self, and to our spiritual guides both the teachers and the students of the past, present and future we will experience in life.
I bow to you, thank you for being here.