“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.