Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What is a Yogi?

View from My Mat in San Diego
An eleven year old yoga student came with his mom and shared that he had participated in a few classes. I shared that teachers often put emphasis on different aspects of a practice and that I would be happy to answer any questions he may have.  He surprised me with his response, " I hear people talk about yogis. What is a Yogi?"

His thoughtful question deserved an equally thoughtful response.  I explained to him that I don't believe a yogi is someone who just does yoga poses.  A yogi is someone who strives for balance of mind, body and spirit.

In a yogi's pursuit of balance he or she may use various techniques including mindful physical movement (yoga), breath work, meditation, healthy eating, reading material that uplifts/challenges/encourages and connecting with others. A yogi aims to authentically unite with others, Earth, and him or herself by way of action and observation.  A yogi doesn't find a state of balance and then he or she is done.  It is a lifelong practice.

What do you think a yogi is?