By Raj~ni King
Teaching Svaroopa® yoga has kept me on this Divine path. To start, I didn’t think I was going to teach Svaroopa® yoga. I took Foundations to learn some tools for myself since I didn’t live near a teacher. Before I knew it, I was taking YTT Level 1. Grace was guiding me before I even knew what Grace was. The total immersion of the teacher trainings was so powerful. Then, having to teach others what I learned deepened my experience of the Svaroopa® Sciences. Being a student in a weekly class just wouldn’t have done it. I needed to be knocked in the head with the frying pan of Consciousness!
When I took Meditation Teacher Training, I had to write and teach about Consciousness. This helped me to understand and more tangibly experience what I had been getting all along. The yoga process and the purpose of asana was so clear. It is spiritual upliftment, rather than just the reliable physical, mental and emotional improvement that begins the process. Knowing and more fully experiencing the purpose of practicing asana shifted my teaching profoundly. Even though I was saying the same words and teaching the same asanas, my understanding of the goal shifted.
My teaching experience made my understanding and experience of Consciousness real. If I hadn’t taught, I doubt I would be able to hold onto the full, rich, deep experiences of trainings and retreats. Every class I teach, whether asana or meditation, is an experience of being conscious in Consciousness. It’s great practice for the rest of my life. There, functioning in the knowing of my own Self doesn’t come as easy.
When I go into the studio to teach, I light a candle and do arati to the Gurus from our lineage. Then, because the space is shared, I always do a round of incense with the mantra to clear the energy. These practices help me to settle into my Self before I teach. The clearing also opens the way to the inflow of Grace from our lineage. It becomes tangible, not only for me, but my students as well. They know that they’re different when they leave. At the end of class this week, a new student exclaimed that she felt like a whole new person. She was glowing; they were all glowing.
Being able to offer the practices and begin able to facilitate that shift for people is a precious gift. I feel such gratitude for what Swami Nirmalananda has given to me. I cannot imagine my life without practicing Svaroopa® yoga and meditation nor without teaching those practices. It’s a deep part of my inner process and spiritual growth. And if I can make a difference along the way in how other people feel in their lives and their spiritual process, then that’s an even greater gift. It’s a Divine seva.