It’s been 2 years now since I set out on this path of becoming a medium to transmit yoga. I felt it’s time to reflect on the journey so far .
Admittedly I have been a hesitant entrant to this path — never had I imagined or planned that I would be doing something like this! In fact I recall that almost 8 years back when I had first volunteered for a Hatha Yoga program, I casually mentioned to the Isha Hatha yoga teacher who was teaching the program ,that I would never ever in my life have anything to do with teaching Hatha yoga! The moment I said this, she mentioned that I just dug my grave since usually whatever we resist most, that’s what happens eventually! I just brushed this aside — I was so overwhelmed with the level of detail and precision teaching Hatha yoga involved and felt that I could never have anything to do with this. Little did I know, that her prediction would in fact come true 6 years later and that my life situations would change in a way that I would have to take up this role! I then realized that now that I have jumped into this, let’s give it the best that I can since there is no point resisting anyways! So here we are, 2 years down the line and still alive 🙂
It’s been a non-stop juggernaut last 2 years — over 230 workshops taught and 3000+people covered. Every time I sit to teach, I’m reminded of what Sadhguru mentioned to us during the training that as a yoga teacher our primary responsibility is to make people realise the ultimate objective of yoga and that he would like to see us graduating into ‘Hatha Yogis’ and not just be ‘Hatha Yoga teachers’. This has been the guiding light and inspiration for whatever I have attempted to do through Yogi Re. It’s been a very fulfilling journey but so many things to still work upon and improve. Walking this path, has made me experientially realize that the only way to progress on this path is to grow within — how deep your experience is what will determine how far you can go. I could learn a few hacks but that could only lead to a small shift — no amount of marketing, designing or strategizing could cause a tectonic shift but even a small change internally could change things on the outside dramatically.
Ever since I started on this path, my focus has only been on how to grow within. It’s been almost 10 years now when I was first introduced to Yoga and I still remember those words I had first come across which has continued to keep me focused — ‘Yoga is not about what you do on the outside. It is about how you are within. What you do outside is your choice and has nothing to do with yoga. You can be in the mountains or in the office or in the kitchen and still be in Yoga’. Ever since I came across this, it has been my burning longing to reach this internal state where I could stay balanced irrespective of the outside situations. Life has definitely been testing — last 10 years, it has been on an extremely fast forward mode. The kind of situations I had to go through, it has been very hard at times and initially I wasted a lot of my time and energy wondering, “why me?”. It took some time to realize this experientially that I’m completely responsible for whatever I’m facing and that there is really no one to blame. The moment this acceptance happened, life has been so very different and every situation has become an opportunity to grow.
I would like to use this opportunity to thank all of you — each one of you have played some part in this journey and all our lives are inextricably linked. I don’t really know what future has in store and what I would be doing next! All I can say is that I would like to be prepared and ready for whatever life has in store for me 🙂 My task is very simple actually — I don’t need to grow ‘Yogi Re’ or do anything else externally for that matter. All I need to do is to grow within — everything else will anyways just flow from it to the best of my capability.
If you all had any feedback and inputs to share please feel free to share or message me. It would help to look within and would be invaluable to grow on this path.
10 thoughts on “Yogi Re turns 2!”
Thanks Mukul for making so many of part of this extraordinary journey. You have touches so many lives in a positive way including mine and my family. Thank you for that. Wishing you the best for years ahead. Keep inspiring. All you need is a spark to start the fire.
Thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement Manpreet.?? Look forward to your support in this journey ?
Namaskaram, you are an inspiration to people like me. Apart from being a Hatha yoga teacher par excellence you are also a very good writer and therefore your blogs are a pleasure to read. Wishing Yogi Re lots of succesin the years to come
Thanks so much for your encouragement and wishes! I have been a hesitant entrant to writing too, happy if it is helping in some way 🙂
Awesome! I resonate with everything that you’ve said.
Eager to be part of one of your workshops soon.
Thanks so much Vaidy! Would be glad to have you come 🙂
Thanks for sharing Mukul! Love the bit about you saying you never wanted to teach Yoga, and the instructor sharing with you that whatever you resist most tends to happen. I have also said to myself that I wouldn’t want to teach Yoga but I want to be a Yogi – as Sadhguru wrote in his book “Inner Engineering”, a Yogi is one who seeks self transformation and self transformation means that nothing of the old remains. Looking forward to reading more posts!
Thanks so much Abhishek??