In the yoga tradition, grace implies surrender and devotion: devotion to the practice and surrender to the Divine. – Yogapedia
The good news for certified yoga teachers is that this union is to be experienced through the body.
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
From Wild Geese by Mary Oliver
To my mind, Yoga as presently taught in the West can become the invitation to embodied spirituality. Yoga teachers can teach the body to love what it loves. The form of the body loves to be in alignment with the Formless.
As a yoga teacher or practitioner you can have the practice of Yoga become the vehicle for which it always was intended. This is to bring the direct experience into the body of union with the Divine.
This is bringing Heaven on Earth.
The problem is, that for many people, this is just too radical and revolutionary an idea.
For this to happen the invitation to Yoga would need to become a way of living in the world with union as the core intention.
This would allow you to live your life as LIFE intended. You would learn what it means, and more importantly, what it feels like, to live in alignment with Universal purpose.
You would feel what it is to live in alignment with Love’s Purpose which is always YOUR TRUE PURPOSE.
In that way you would find that you really long to be a teacher of Yoga while at the same time recognizing the almost impossible task that you face.
However, while it might appear impossible, in alignment with Divine Presence all things are possible.
So I teach the journey of yoga because it is what I love to do.
I recognize that this is the treasure that I thought that I had lost but can never lose. It is, in the words of the Welsh poet and Anglican priest R. S. Thomas, the one treasure that I must possess.
THE BRIGHT FIELD’ BY R. S. THOMAS
I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it.
Life is not hurrying
on to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
More to the point I must allow the treasure to possess me.
In this way I simply become a gift giver. I pour away the treasure of infinity. This is the work of a Yoga teacher. It is a work of Love. It is a work in alignment with Love’s Purpose.
That I am certain off. That I am certified in.
I teach what I cannot teach but work to allow the love of union (yoga) to be taught through me.