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Lately I have been undergoing some pretty life altering changes which tend to lead me to find reasons to become stressed out and overwhelmed. Most of these changes are good - moving, being a part of an incredible start up, preparing for another cleanse - but I still manage to feel strain just from the simple weight of it all. This kind of "life heaviness" reminds me of that special, familiar line from the yoga sutras, 2.46:"The posture should be firm, steady and pleasant."
Now everyone has a slightly different interpretation to that line, but the overall message behind it is that we should always be searching for balance between effort and surrender - steadiness and ease. With that in mind I am able to approach (most) things in life from a more grounded place. It's all too often that we say, "Do it well and do it hard! Be the best or you're the worst! 100% or you're a failure". The truth behind all of this is that if we all we do is push we end up wearing ourselves out, and if we hold ourselves to the ridiculous "gold" standard then we might scare ourselves away from trying in the first place. It's impossible to give 100% to yourself, your relationships, your job, your home...all at the same time. The real challenge is finding where you can soften so that the effort you do put forward is going to be the most functional and beneficial for all of these things.
As of lately, I have had several conversations with students whom have brought up the topic of tapas in yoga. Either, "I get these hot flashes during asana, is that okay? What is happening to me?" Or, "I have a hard time dedicating enough time to be consistent." Or lastly, "I push myself until the point of exhaustion and then I can't stay consistent in practice. I'm too tired."
Having been asked to go into more detail, I would like to address these statements individually as what I know to be true of tapas in the practice and lifestyle of yoga.
Question 1: "I get these hot flashes during asana, is that okay? What is happening to me?"
In reference to experiencing hot flashes in practice - this is totally normal and usually a good thing! Although this might be incredibly uncomfortable and unfamiliar to you as a student (seasoned or new to practice); experiencing the heat of tapas (aka discipline) is something that happens when you enter into unfamiliar territory; hence the usual response to stop what you are doing and revert to something that "feels normal".
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I’ve been teaching for five years now. For the first three I felt like I hardly knew anything and was very self-conscious. The fourth year I really began to put effort into my studies of anatomy, history and philosophy of the yoga practice. Now, in my fifth year, I feel as though I truly stepped into my style of teaching; which has been reflected to me through my students.
Throughout my journey as an instructor I have had the pleasure of teaching many wonderful participants. Some have stayed with me for all five years whereas some have come and gone; others will practice fervently for a few months, leave and then make their way back. In this most recent year of teaching I have found that some of those students have become much more dedicated to me as a teacher than in the past. In fact, I have even had students call themselves “my devotees”.
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I haven't written anything in quite a while as I have been taking some time to work on myself and my own practice. As a teacher we instruct our students to always take care of themselves first so they are able to better take care of others. It's easy to talk the talk, but sometimes we forget to take our own advice. At times we take on so much to help others - for instance subbing __ classes a week on top of what we already teach - we end up working ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Other times we get so caught up in what we do that we begin to obsess over what others will think of us if we don't do it all.
Clearly the profession of teaching yoga is not usually thought of as being a "money maker". You don't often look into the eyes of your instructor and see big dollar signs shining back at you. But the truth of the matter is that is exactly how your instructor makes money. By doing their job...just like how anyone else makes money.
This seems like a simple statement yet something yoga teachers constantly deal with is the notion that their job is something fun they do "on the side" and that it shouldn't be taken seriously; therefor if it's not a serious job, they shouldn't be offended or thrown off when they are asked to do their job for free. Yes many instructors do have other jobs to make a more sufficient income and no most of us don't do it for the money BUT it is still their job none the less. And jobs pay money.