5 Reasons Why You Don’t Need a Yoga Teacher

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Samadhi. Nobody can get you there except you.

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

  1. Nobody is more spiritual than you. And nobody is less spiritual than you.
  2. Your Sat Guru—true teacher—is you.
  3. You have the light of the universe inside you, just like everybody else.
  4. We are all made of star stuff.
  5. There are thousands of ways to kneel and kiss the sky.

Much love,
L

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[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

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Comments

  1. I used to say to my students every day, belive in your self.

  2. Great post! Way to be concise and still say a lot! Your second paragraph describing the “shazam” experience, even if it didn’t happen with the help of a guru, but rather spontaneously, is precise. And yes, we are our own best teachers.
    Luv it!

  3. Perfectly cool, this is the most beautiful and appealing aspects.

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  5. True, we don’t need a yoga teacher, but what a great help mine are. I appreciate their guidance and loving support. Just as I appreciate your inspiring post. Thank you.

  6. I really agree the best teacher on Yoga is our self the key is how to get inner peace and spiritual feeling through your self and just you can feel it. Many people just guide to the way to do so but next action is depend on you.

  7. I agree, nature is the best teacher! Just retreat to your inside and listen to the world around you!

  8. I love this article! Did you guys see the Shit Yogi’s Say? Check out Shit Guru’s Say by Mystic Pete.

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