“If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk. If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Martin Luther King
What set of intentions or determination does you as a yoga student bring to your class? Suppose you come with a clear intention to learn headstand. But the initial beginning starts with continuous falls and disbalance. How would you react? The road is forked into two. Walking on the left one, you would choose to get demotivated. You will start self-doubting with thoughts like, ‘It will get worst’ leading to giving up. On another road on the right, you will choose to stay firm on your intention regardless of your failures. Frustration and disappointment will kick in. Stubbornness will make you keep moving but it will hold you back from accepting your failures. You might master the asana in yoga teacher training in Rishikesh but you’ll never expand your consciousness with a determination chained with stubbornness.
Are you getting bewildered? Well! To learn yoga one needs to behold extraordinary determination. Determination goes along with patience and courage. Eyes which are firm on intention but also prepared to honour the journey. The power of determination is not just focused on reaching the final destination but on embracing the process of the journey at first. Nothing grandiose could be achieved without single-pointed, sustained determination.
Verse 33, Chapter 18, Bhagwat Gita
धृत्या यया धारयते मन:प्राणेन्द्रियक्रिया: |
योगेनाव्यभिचारिण्या धृति: सा पार्थ सात्त्विकी || 33||
Translation: The steadfast willpower that is developed through Yog, and which sustains the activities of the mind, the life-airs, and the senses, O Parth, is said to be a determination in the mode of goodness.
Lord Krishna tells Arjuna that sattvic determination is the path to attaining consciousness. Beholder of such determination knows to subdue the senses, stay in discipline, and control the mind. If your determination is driven by discipline nothing is impossible. It requires a commitment to showing up regularly, being willing to gently accept and take a break when you feel tired or checked out, being open to whatever is present, to respond to what is happening and not what you think should be happening.
Arjun a Determined Student
Discipline automates habits which in turn determine your outcomes. Arjun was a student of Guru Dronacharya. He was trained as a warrior and grew up with the same consciousness for the rest of his life. He was known for vikrama, effortless effort. Learning with concentration is what he believed in. During his childhood, he noticed his elder brother Bheem eating kheer in dark night. Not even once his hand missed mouth. Such observation produced curiosity in Arjun to ask his brother about this proficiency. Bheem said,’ Practice leads to perfection.’ From that very moment, Arjuna started practising archery in dark and came to be known as the greatest archer in the world. He learnt how to orient himself towards the target, through his senses and other signs.
He was a good listener, he asked the right questions and had great power of concentration. During his journey, he accepted the present, learnt from it and proceeded further towards his goal. He set aside a non-negotiable time to master archery. There was no going back. He was too positive to be doubtful, too optimistic to be fearful and too determined to be defeated.
In yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, a student should commit to practice. Be committed to intention but at the same time be flexible with the approach. A determined student embrace growth both on and off the mat. After all, yoga is not about finding yourself but it is a voyage of creating yourself. That is the true beauty of a yoga student.
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