”The longest journey of any person is the journey inward.“

During my very first YTT theory class (which was already the third official session), Master Sree asked “What is our reason for doing YTT?”. And he said, “everyone has a samsara, a reason for being and a reason that brought you here”.

Samsara: a Sanskrit word for the repetitive cycle of death and rebirth. Its literal translation, according to Yogapedia, would be “wandering through”. It encompasses the concept of reincarnation and the fact that what an individual does in their current life will be reflected, through karma, in their future lives.

What was my true motivation for doing YTT?

Indeed, this was a goal I’ve had ever since I started practicing yoga in three years ago in Shanghai and it is one of my 2019 resolutions. But I was never found sufficient resolve throughout the years to do the course, if not for a decision I made on impulse.

What am I looking for here and how am I going to find it?

I cannot pinpoint what it is that nudged me to or why now but I trust that my samsara has led me to Tirisula, to delve deeper into the practice of yoga, and to take my first steps towards teaching.

This block of 10 weekends, long as they had sounded before the course started, fleeting as they are now that we have come to the end, has given me the time and space to be introspective. Just as Master Sree has encouraged us to think about what we want to get out of YTT – by extension, think about what we want out of our lives.

What gives you meaning? What energises you?

 

And here we have it –

“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”

– The Bhagavad Gita