By Nicky Sehra CYA-RYT200
Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.
― Eckhart Tolle
In the autumn of 2014, I ventured out to Santa Barbara, California for yoga teacher training. It was truly the beginning of my individual yoga awakening. I remember when I first started to teach I was so regimented in the way I taught. Prior to teaching classes, I used to write down everything from postures to breath work to the direction of each class. This was a useful way to teach until I found my own rhythm. I now teach intuitively.
I have been teaching yoga for about five years, and the way I conduct classes has shifted. One aspect I appreciate about yoga is that you are both a teacher and student simultaneously. It is a beautiful thing to learn from others and share you heart with like-minded souls. Each yoga class, whether you are a teacher or student, can shift your energy, vibration and demeanour. Your individual yoga practice aids your healing and connects you with the infinite source within.
Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim. The better your practice, the brighter the flame.
— B.K.S Iyengar
I would describe my yoga style as a karma practice. I now feel it is my purpose to guide others as they uncover aspects about themselves. All I wish to do is inspire others, let them know how important they are and I often make references to meditation, self-love and empowerment —aspects which I try to incorporate in my own life. Meditation, similar to yoga, is a gift to yourself. When you close your eyes, the heart awakens. Stillness has many benefits to our well-being. I often reflect that spiritual channeling takes place as I begin to conduct a class. Messages come out of nowhere. All I know is that my knowledge is needed in some way. I am here to serve and facilitate humanity.
We are all here for a divine reason, everyone has a gift to share and a mission to fulfill. I never really gave thought to what would happen after a few years of teaching yoga. I can honestly say that it creates a ripple effect on the spirit. You become more aware of who you are, what you stand for and delve into additional spiritual practices. I started to educate myself on various topics such as: numerology, the moon phases, saints/angels and healing mantras. I do my best to incorporate these into my yoga practice as well.
Over the past few years, there has been political strife, economic and ecological upheavals happening on our planet each day. For example, just watching the news and tuning into catastrophic events, at large, can affect you internally. In a way our psyche is being affected. We don’t know what tomorrow will hold, however, what we can control is how we respond to everything around us. This is the blessing with yoga, we are immersed in the present moment and the power of now!
While teaching, I try not to discuss matters which are occurring on the global scale. However, I do feel it is necessary to speak about nature especially Mother Earth also known as Gaia. Mother Earth is divine Goddess energy just as important as the masculine energy of the Sun. Together, they reflect light, wisdom and energy on our lives. The earth and sun work hand and hand nurturing our being. I often remind students to stay grounded and appreciate the vastness of Gaia — she is an entity. The message I relay is that the earth needs our love. Together we can enhance the vibration with spreading our light towards others.
It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility.
― Rachel Carson
At the beginning of 2019, I decided to do a seven-week series on the chakra system. We have seven energy centres in our body located from the base of our spine, up towards the top of our head, the crown chakra. Every week I have spoken about each individual chakra, their importance and what they represent emotionally and spiritually. Why I have done this is because yoga helps to shift energy in our body and chakra system. I remind students about the mighty I AM, in Sanskrit known as SO HUM. By reciting this powerful mantra, you elevate your consciousness. It has taken me a few years to get comfortable with sharing my ideologies, beliefs and spiritual practices in yoga class. I do feel it is serving a higher purpose.
There are many things happening in this day and age that impact us all. It is necessary for everyone to come back home, to their inner selves. Follow your own path, be humble and be kind to yourself. Your life is like a canvas of art; make it a masterpiece each day. We are all sparks of the universe on earth. Each of us has a role to play, you don’t have to be a yoga teacher to do this. All we must do is love!
Do not be led by others,
awaken your own mind,
amass your own experience,
and decide for yourself your own path.
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