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Embracing Self-Guidance in Your Yoga Practice


In the world of yoga, the allure of seeking wisdom from various gurus and teachers can be strong. We often embark on our yoga journey with the belief that external guidance is the key to unlocking the full potential of our practice. That somehow by being in their presence and tutolage some of their special sauce will rub off on us. However, while teachers play a crucial role in introducing us to the fundamentals of yoga mechanics and philosophy, there comes a point where the most significant growth happens internal. By embracing self-guidance in your yoga practice through self-guided exploration and application of learned principles.


The Pitfall of Constantly Seeking External Guidance

Yoga is not just about mastering poses or understanding the philosophical texts; it's a deeply personal journey of self-discovery and inner strength. When we spend too much time chasing new teachings without integrating what we've already learned, we risk treading water in our yoga practice. The essence of yoga is found in mindful application and personal reflection, a process that cannot be fast-tracked by merely accumulating knowledge from external sources.


Think of the teacher as a lighhouse. It can only guide us. The lighthouse cannot bring us ashore. That we must do for ourselves. Sometimes the task will be easier than other times. The action and determination in that final push to shore resides squarely on our shoulders. The lighthouse just guided us but we do the work to save ourselves from the turbulent seas.


Yoga as an Inside Job

The true power of yoga lies in its ability to transform us from the inside out. This transformation requires patience, practice, and a willingness to delve into the depths of our own experience. When we focus on building our yoga poses from within, using the foundations laid by our teachers but driven by our inner guidance, we begin to understand the essence of authentic yoga. When I say authentic yoga, I am not referring to any style of yoga. I am referring to the original yoga and discoveries that await you inside of yourself.


Yoga mechanics are not just physical techniques; they are tools for cultivating mindfulness, balance, and alignment with our deepest selves. The journey towards yoga empowerment is a path of self-exploration, where the real guru is your own body, breath and mind, communicating through each breath and movement.


The Balance of Learning and Doing

While learning from teachers is invaluable, our yoga practice arguably begins when we step off the mat and into our lives, applying the principles of yoga in our daily interactions and personal challenges. Yoga is a practice for life, not just a series of classes or retreats. It's also not a panacea to what ails us in it's acedemic form. It's about integrating yoga actions into our daily routine, transforming our approach to life and our understanding of ourselves.


Building Your Own Yoga Practice

The art of yoga lies in taking the teachings and making them your own. This means not just practicing yoga postures, but also embracing the philosophy of yoga in every aspect of your life. It's about finding your yoga flow, your unique rhythm and style that resonates with your personal journey.


However, if we mostly follow our teacher's flow, we are basically trying to live our life through their dharma.


Fostering a Supportive Yoga Community

While the journey is personal, the role of the yoga community cannot be understated. A supportive community provides a space for sharing experiences and learning from each other, not just from a teacher or guru. In this space, we find strength and inspiration, but the journey we undertake is still our own.


The Path to Authentic (Your) Yoga

Teachers and gurus can light the way. Ultimately it's about finding your path, your practice, and your inner strength. By focusing on self-guided growth and applying what we learn from our teachers, we move beyond merely treading water and start swimming towards the depths of our own authentic yoga and personal empowerment.


Remember, your yoga journey is unique to you. It’s a path of self-discovery, where the most profound lessons are found not in external teachings, but in the quiet introspection of your practice. Embrace this journey with an open heart and mind, and watch as your yoga practice transforms your life from the inside out.


Keep flowing and growing!


@vikkysantana.yogatraining

Namaste! I'm Vikky, your South Florida yoga guide with 37 years of practice and 14 years of teaching wisdom. At the heart of my teaching lies a profound respect for the ancient art of yoga, blended with a modern, dynamic approach that caters to all, regardless of age or skill level. My expertise spans from yogic anatomy to advanced 500-hour yoga teacher training, underpinned by a deep understanding of yogic philosophy and mindful practice. Whether in group classes at Evolution Yoga or through my upcoming 2024 video library, I aim to empower and inspire. Dive into a journey of self-discovery and holistic wellness with me. Embrace the transformative experience of yoga, crafted with authentic mechanics, mindful techniques, and boundless passion. Let's push the f***ing mat away and discover the power of yoga, together.



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