Okay, there may be one exception: Shakti Phat. This is when an ascended master yogi gathers all her—but typically his—spiritual energy to awaken yours. And does. Simply by touching you on the forehead. Shazam! Suddenly you see you are a drop in the ocean, and the ocean is you. Suddenly you see you are infinitesimally small, and also the size of the universe. Suddenly you know we are all made of star stuff. No doubt. No question.
This place of ultimate love, of experiencing love and being lived as love is not elusive. It’s inside you. And yes, you can learn asana, mudra, Bandha, pranayama, meditations, mantras and prayers to help you clear the way to what already exists beneath your surface. You can sweat and strive and earn your tapas—dedicated, disciplined practice. You can stoke the fire in your power center, clear your chakras, meditate on your third eye, drink your yogi tea, and get up at 4 am for sadhana. You can do all of that. I do all of that, too, at times.
And us yoga teachers can teach you so many tools. Hundreds of tools. There are thousands of ways to kneel and kiss the sky. Ultimately, that’s all we’re doing. Helping you to kneel and kiss the sky. But you can do that on your own. You can get there all on your own.
Gratitude. Awe. Joy. Laughter. Loving. These are all paths to the ultimate goal of yoga: nirvana, Samadhi, love, joy, union with the universe. Where the knower is the known. The seer is the seen. We merge with what we have been looking for. Because it was inside us all along.
5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Yoga Teacher
- Nobody is more spiritual than you. And nobody is less spiritual than you.
- Your Sat Guru—true teacher—is you.
- You have the light of the universe inside you, just like everybody else.
- We are all made of star stuff.
- There are thousands of ways to kneel and kiss the sky.
[Editor's note: This is a guest post by Lindsey Lewis, yoga teacher, life coach and founder of www.libreliving.com. For more inspiration check out some of Lindsey's other articles
on Daily Cup of Yoga.]
Photo credit: Camillia Lee