3 Things To Learn: Tim Miller Adjusted by Sharth

If you are not into Ashtanga so much perhaps you would not recognize the icon material in the picture below. But an icon it is.
And a show of powerful humility as well.  Tim Miller is one of the best yoga teachers our country has, he has been studying ashtanga yoga for over 30 years and was the first certified teacher in the USA.  Remember that being certified in Ashtanga is not easy.  It is not a 200 hour course, it is a lifetime dedication that can take anywhere between 7 and 12 years or more, including trips to the source, Mysore, South India. 
He is also one of the few certified teachers who submitted himself to attend a led class in Encinitas (or Greenwhich or New York City) that I know of -although I could be wrong-.  Tim also runs his own, very popular studio, right next door, two exits down as I hear, in Encinitas.
 [Picture From Facebook Jois Yoga]
Sharath and Tim Miller – Photo by Tom Rosental

I haven’t had my ass kicked like that since Gurji was still teaching says Miller in his own blog. And we all relate. No matter what level, or how long you study yoga, taking a led with Sharath is something!

The picture does something to me, it teaches me to:

Forget naysayers:  There has been so much negativity around the issue of Jois Yoga opening down the road from Tim Miller.  Mental positions, chatter, discussion, egos defending and egos attacking.  All of it taking us away from the goal of yoga of observing but not reacting to the fluctuations of the mind. Well, there it is, this is about yoga, not about the talk and the speculation.  I feel reassured that senior teachers can show the way like this.  All that talk, that is what makes yoga crazy.  Let’s get on the mat.

Humble Attitude:  We are always students.  Always.  And we are lucky to have a teacher, someone whom Pattabhi Jois designated specifically to be the holder of the lineage, like Sharath, as well as Manju and Saraswati of course.  Even Tim acknowledges his attachment to Guruji (who was his teacher for 30 years and whom he last saw in 2007), but then he jokes that Guruji himself would say “Why cry? 25 dollars fine”.

We need to let go, accept what is, come to this moment. The picture shows the now, the evolution, the reality, what is, with deep acceptance.

I better get on the mat: Seeing the beautiful pictures of the practice coupled with reading Jois and Krishnamacharya in these past couple of days makes me understand how deep this goes.

Forgetting naysayers is skin deep, it is yoga sutra 1.33 and it is important, ignore those who waste energy in wickedness yes, but, getting into the nuances of the practice, the right count, the proper deep breathing, the engaging of the bandhas, the being there for the body to grow healthy, that is where the magic happens.  Coming back to the present moment, observing the gunas play their game, the mind do its thing and yet desintetize from it, not identify with it, observe it as the witness we all are, that is yoga!

I am grateful for Tim Miller for doing this.  It takes courage and devotion, humility and a big yes, it takes presence.

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10 Responses to 3 Things To Learn: Tim Miller Adjusted by Sharth

  1. Ninie Ahmad May 3, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Hi Claudia,<br /><br />Thanks for commenting on my humble little space some time ago. It is such an honour as I have been following yours for a while now!<br /><br />What is Tim&#39;s blog URL if you don&#39;t mind sharing?

    • Claudia May 3, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Hi Ninie, thanks. The sentence that starts with Tim quote links to his blog, it is called Tuesdays with Timiji, and it is also on the blogroll on the right 🙂

  2. Carolina John May 3, 2012 at 11:44 am #

    I&#39;ve found the entire practice to be quite humbling. It&#39;s nice to see one of the best teachers feeling the same way. very good!

    • Claudia May 3, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Yes, it is such a light energy, such a &quot;lets get back to the silence of the practice&quot; it feels like an invitation 🙂 it is good indeed

  3. omiya May 3, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    This is a wonderful picture and speaks volumes to Tim Miller&#39;s advanced learning as a true yogi — way beyond just the asanas. Great way to cut through all the negativity and gossip.

  4. D May 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    Well-said Claudia! For me, going to Encinitas was a good lesson in discernment and sifting through the rumors/gossip/negativity around the Jois Yoga shalas. Just being in that room with Sharath and Saraswathi was enough to show me that the practice will always be the practice, no matter how glitzy the boutique looks 😉

  5. Claudia May 3, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Omya, yes :-)<br /><br />D, I agree, the practice is where it is at, yes.

  6. Anonymous May 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm #

    Awesome message and think what a great message it would send if Sharath showed the same kind of respect and visited Tim&#39;s studio.

    • Claudia May 4, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

      Yes, well, that is not the way the world works.

  7. Claudia February 10, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    Can you talk to us about Love &amp; Fear in regards to approaching the ashtanga practice? Many Thanks, Diandra Bergman MA