Aligning What we Preach with What we Teach

I am a teacher of kindness, breathing, and awareness.

Yoga and meditation (which are one and the same) have given my life its contour and texture.

Since learning Hatha yoga as an adolescent 25 years ago, I have explored a plethora of methods and techniques. I have revered too many teachers to name, yet I’ve never followed one particular guru or lineage. I have often wondered when my teacher would appear and ruminated upon which was the right path for me amidst the seemingly infinite options from which to choose.

I have delved into the Dharma, studied Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, explored Vipassana, Ayurveda, and Mayan astrology. I’ve learned and written lots about the chakras, the basics of meditation, Yin yoga, and more. I’ve practiced Bhakti yoga, Karma yoga, Hatha, Ashtanga, Kundalini, and so on.

At this point, I would say that my primary path is Dharma yoga, or the intertwining of yoga asana, pranayama, and Tibetan Buddhist meditation techniques and teachings.

But this is all beside the point. The point is the practice. Simply practicing is the point.

Here are the four stages I’ve defined as phases many spiritual practitioners pass through as we stroll, saunter, and stumble along the path. May they be of benefit!

 

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Published by yogafreedom

Michelle Margaret Fajkus is a yoga teacher and freelance writer, editor and translator, as well as the creator of Yoga Freedom. She is a 30-something gringa Gemini in Guatemala where she lives with her family. Michelle learned yoga from a book at age 12 and found zen in California at 23. A native of Austin, Texas, she enjoys reading, writing, hiking, swimming and lounging in hammocks.

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