Category: YTT

Yoga Teacher Training Journal

04: Who am I?

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The journey to self discovery is always the most exciting part of life. Knowing your weaknesses and strength and accepting them whether good or bad can help you change the perception of who you really are.

Understand yourself. Your limits. Your body. Your thoughts. Your Actions.

Understand who you are, your capability, your personality, your behavior.

Knowing everything about yourself helps you act and react with life in balance.

Love. Peace. Harmony.
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03: Can you remember who you were?

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Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?

Our personality and attitude is just an idea of who we are. Deep down, who are we? What is our purpose in life?

Have you ever questioned… If you were born as a different gender, race, religion, nationality, or even family, and have different people in our lives, we would actually be a different kind of person?

Look deep down inside, really deep inside and there you may find who you really are, with disregard of what defines you externally. Look into that person, and let that person radiate who you really are.

What other people say about you do not define who you are. They just magnify who they were instead. Reach for goodness, humility, selfless thoughts and most importantly, positivity. Reach for it within yourself and let it shine through your actions.

Shanti.
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02: Bhakti Yoga

My favourite part of story from Bhagavad Gita, Chapter 12 on Bhakti Yoga

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Arjuna asks, “O Lord, some worship you as saguna (with form), while others as nirguna (without form). Tell me which of the two pleases you more.”

The Supreme Lord said, “Those who fix their minds on My personal form (saguna) and are always engaged in worshiping Me with great and transcendental faith are considered by Me to be the most perfect. Greater is their trouble whose minds are set on the un-manifested; because, the goal, the un-manifested (nirguna), is very hard for the embodied to reach.

But those who worship Me, giving up all their activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, having fixed their minds upon Me, O son of Pritha — for them I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death.

Fix your mind upon Me only, and engage all your intelligence in MeThus you will live in Me always, without a doubt. If you are not able to fix your mind steadily on Me, then do seek to reach Me by the Yoga of constant practice (Abhyasa Yoga). If you are even unable to practice that, then become dedicated in working for My sake, as even by doing actions for my sake, you will achieve perfection. If you are unable to do even this, then taking refuge in union with Me, renounce the fruits of all actions, with the self (being) controlled.

He, who has no dislike towards anyone, who is friendly and compassionate to all, who is free from attachment and egoism, balanced in pleasure and pain, and forgiving; ever content, steady in meditation, self-controlled, possessed of firm conviction, with mind and intellect dedicated to Me, he, My devotee, is dear to Me.

He for whom no one is put into difficulty, and who is not disturbed by anyone, who is equipoised in happiness and distress, fear and anxiety, is very dear to Me. One who never rejoices nor hates, never grieves nor craves, and remains detached for better or for worse – one who is such a devotee is dear to Me.

He who is the same to a foe and friend, and also in honor and dishonor, who is the same in cold and heat, and in pleasure and pain, who is free from attachment, who is balanced in censure (criticism) and praise, pain and pleasure, who is silent, content with anything, doesn’t care for any particular residence, steady-minded, full of devotion, such a devotee is very dear to Me.

And, those devotees who follow this Immortal Dharma (law or doctrine as described above) endowed with faith, regarding Me as their Supreme goal, are exceedingly dear to Me.”

-J

01: Clarity

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Clarity.

Sometimes I get frustrated when the world doesn’t go around my way. Keyword : “my way“.

Just a day before i started the YTTC, i was questioning people in my social network how can human be so selfish sometimes.

Adding to the fact that even people who knew each other are like this nowadays; ie only looking for you when they need/want/nosy of something. Some people are so calculative that in the back of their heads lies the thoughts of “how does this benefit me” or “how can I profit from this” or “I must get something out of this” mindset. Money is probably their drive.

Are we becoming a more selfish society? Where do you stand? Are you selfish? There are good people out there with benevolent thoughts and feelings who put others before themselves; however, they are rare to find.

As i sleep with the thought of how i could not change the world… it made me very emotional with how little one can control over life.

Then, comes the YTTC. During the class, thoughts of these questions i was asking the night before came pouring into my mind.

The awareness that I am frustrated for things that I can’t control have open up some answers to myself.

Be the change you want the world to be.

And stop trying to make others understand my way. Instead, do good. Be selfless. Listen. Accommodate. And most importantly… Find a balance to create harmony.

Treating someone who does you wrong the same way they treated you does not make the world a better place.
This is a very good but hard lesson to cultivate and inspire to others.

But here i am, rising up to the challenge, taking this step by starting with myself first.

This YTTC will bring a new path of understanding to me, as the first day itself was enlightening and sparked questions of what kind of person i am, and what kind of person do i want to be.

Santosha. I closed my eyes and breathe a new meaning of clarity.

-J