Take Refuge in Your Teacher

One of the things I love the most about taking a yoga class is that it’s time when I can listen and be receptive.  I don’t have to tell myself what to do or think about the next moment.  Rather, I can listen to my teacher and take refuge knowing that they will be guiding me for the next little while. It is such a relief to not have to think about what to do next – to be a student, to have the opportunity to listen to a teacher, to be led.  I was glancing over Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda (which is an amazing book that you should definitely read if you’re into yoga) and kept finding these wonderful quotes about the guru.

“A lifelong shadow lifted from my heart; the vague search, hither and yore, was over.  I had found eternal shelter in the guru.”

“Now I have reached the harbor of my divine teacher.”

“A healing calm descended upon me at the mere sight of my guru.”

Think about this the next time you are in class, and elevate the divine mood.  Take shelter in your teacher, let them guide you and feel the relief of being receptive.


Photo credit: Kathryn Visser, Elephant Journal

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