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Yoga in Practice: In Search of the Perfect Yoga (Part 3)

Paul M. Jerard Jr.
Aug 17, 2007
This is the last in this series of answers to statements about Yoga students who are searching for the perfect Yoga, or the perfect Guru.

"You can't teach me anything about Yoga, I already know it."

You are absolutely right. There is an old Chinese saying, "A closed mind is like a closed book: just a block of wood." In other words, a closed mind still must go through a deep awakening process to reach its complete potential.

However, I am getting on in years, and do not have the desire to teach the intolerant, or those who already know everything. My answer to this student is: You are right, and please stay with your current Guru.

It should come as no surprise that, very often, the student who says he or he already knows everything, does not and never had a Guru. If intolerance cannot be purged from within a particular Yoga student, he or she should be banished by any self-respecting Guru.

Life is too short to waste your time teaching those who don't want to learn. In talking to my colleagues, I have found similar sentiments. Who among you wants to waste your time?

"What could I get out of Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga, or Jnana Yoga?"

Each of these styles has so much to offer, but they could be classified, for the most part, as nonphysical styles of Yoga. Let's briefly take a look at each one.

Bhakti Yoga is most often practiced within India. Bhakti Yoga literally means -unity through devotion to God. Therefore, this is a sectarian practice, most often practiced by Hindus. However, there are Jews, Christians, and Moslems who practice Yoga exclusively with members of their own religion. The practice of Bhakti Yoga is deeply spiritual.

Karma Yoga is unity through selfless service; also known as the Yoga of action. Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. could be considered Karma Yogis. Both were men of peace and action who ultimately gave their lives for what is right.

Jnana Yoga is unity though knowledge or the path of wisdom. Through Jnana Yoga you will discover truth without delusion or bias. Jnana Yoga requires the serious student to meditate often.

So, now you see the "big picture" and the need to keep the Yoga community together. Yoga literally means unity or union. Therefore, we must be living examples of it.

© Copyright 2006 - Paul Jerard / Aura Publications
About the Author
Paul Jerard is director of Yoga teacher training at Aura in RI. He's a master instructor of martial arts and Yoga. He teaches that along with fitness. He wrote: Is Running a Yoga Business Right for You? For Yoga students who want to be a teacher.
http://www.yoga-teacher-training.org
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