As I opened my eyes this morning, and saw the news, my heart took a dive. So much tragedy, pain around the world. As I centered myself, and began my morning meditation, my question was this, “How can I help?” The answer came immediately. Teach Yoga. Teach others to teach yoga. You see, if I can help just one person fight the pain inside of themselves through the practice of yoga, and prevent gun shootings, tragedy’s around the world, my life has not be in vain. You may not think this yoga practice is that powerful, but I know different.
You may not think you have a voice, or you may not think that teaching yoga could prevent wars, or hatred. But the practice of yoga builds love, compassion, tolerance, inside of you. I know this to be true. Mainly, before yoga I was consumed by myself. How I could better myself, how to get ahead. My practice of yoga has fundamentally changed me to shift my view. I think of others welfare a great deal of time. How can I help this person overcome shoulder pain, or this person overcome hip pain. I study, and still continue to study this practice on the body and mind, so I can be of service to others.
This becomes my mantra as I teach others how to teach yoga. I envision them going out changing lives, one at a time. You can say that the things I speak of, and tell my teachers on how yoga works have a multiplying effect. They go out, and do their work, changing lives by teaching yoga. This thought humbles me, and I try and do my very best to teach others yoga.
I don’t know what was in that mind of that shooter, but I would venture to say, he was in pain. The pain of living a life where he thought no one cared. The pain of being unloved. This is not true. The first person we began to love completely, wonderfully, is ourselves, through the practice of yoga.
This is for all the yoga teachers out there. Stay the course. Teach Yoga. You don’t know how many lives you’re changing, one practice at a time.