What Yoga Means To Me:
A Series of 15 Teachers’ Stories in 15 Days
celebrating Yoga Tree’s 15 Year Anniversary.
Yoga is neither a single thing, nor many things. How could it be? Its paths are multifold, and its goal is, at the same time as being one goal, unique to every practitioner who ever achieves that goal. Infinite, singular, counterintuitive, especially since our intuition has been wrong for so long.
Yoga is the practice of absolute love. Don’t look away thinking I mean that the goal is some disembodied emotion that is somehow both cold and unmoved, and yet somehow also the feeling we all know will melt us down to puddles of joy. Yoga is the very human emotion of love that one develops towards the love of one’s life. This is the start of yoga because without the ability to love another person more than you love yourself, you will sink.
To practice yoga as love, we have to dive back into the unthinking emotion of love: I would do anything for you, ANYTHING, without asking for anything, because I love you, because I love your happiness. You might need to start with one person, the love of your life, before you are able to bring happiness to everyone.
Yoga is so many things because, once you love everyone more than you love yourself, you will do so many things just to see them all happy. Fortunately, this means that all this happiness will fall back upon you – a tsunami of bliss, the universe collapsing back in on itself in joy.
About the Authors:
Jessica and Stéphane Dreyfus bring passion, humor, and a unique approach to the study of all eight limbs of Yoga. Together they completed a 450 day silent meditation retreat from 2010-2012, during which they sincerely applied these teachings to their lives. As a partnership, they co-teach asana, meditation, Dharma, Sanskrit, the Yoga of relationship, and Yoga philosophy internationally.
They are both certified Jivamukti Yoga teachers and Tibetan Heart Yoga teachers. They are very grateful to the many teachers they have met on their path, especially Sharon Gannon, David Life, Lady Ruth, Lama Marut, Geshe Michael, and Lama Christie.
Learn more at www.triveniyoga.com