“Teach what is inside you.
Not as it applies to you, to yourself,
but as it applies to the other.” – Śrī T Krishnamacharya
Friends in Yoga,
As I reflect on our school and the changes we have gone through over the year, I am reminded of this quote from the father of modern yoga therapy. This year our student body has grown. Our Advanced Program has taken off and many of you are working on or submitting case studies. I have had the pleasure of working with you on how to effectively serve your yoga therapy clients. Through this, I have witnessed so many of you in a process of transformation.
When we begin sharing yoga, we often teach what we know. What we know is usually what has benefited ourselves. This is how we begin to understand how yoga works. As we delve deeper into the yoga therapy teachings, a shift takes place—we become more in touch with our universal knowledge. The knowledge under the knowledge so to speak. We begin to share universal truth as it applies to our clients. This is what Krishnamacharya speaks of, and is what I have seen in our community this year.
As a teacher, I couldn’t be more pleased. Seeing students deepen their understanding of yoga therapy and gain the ability to share it with great skill and specificity, is a gift. As a school, it speaks so well of our community and our collective power to ease suffering. I am humbled by the hard work you have put towards this goal. I am positive that we will make a real difference in the world in the years to come. Sharing our knowledge from deep within in a way that individuals, health care systems, schools etc… will be able to utilize for the common good.
It is a great honor and privilege to share these teachings with you. May this holiday season be a reminder of the peace and love that exists in all of us.
¡Jai! BDYT Sangham!
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