Can yoga be self-taught ?

September 25, 2020 |

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Yoga is an individual journey. Each individual’s travel in the path of yoga would be different and unique. Every practitioner’s starting point, experience, or time taken and progress would vary. And every person’s experience would vary from time to time. Yoga is a discipline to be followed and practiced consistently over a long period of time with complete faith, devotion, reverence and enthusiasm.

There are classical scriptures like Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita and Hatha Yoga Pradipika which provide a detailed account of how Yoga is to be practised. But to understand and interpret these scriptures in the right way and then to implement it according to our individual requirement, the correct teacher is extremely essential. A teacher plays a very critical and crucial role in teaching yoga. A right teacher, with the correct Guru-shishya lineage and pre-requisites, and who is experienced provides the appropriate guidance as and when required according to the ability and capability of the student. A teacher guides till a certain point without making the student dependent and then after a certain level, when the teacher feels it’s appropriate, the students continues alone in the path of yoga.

Initially a guru or an experienced teacher is extremely important. The teacher ensures that the practitioner is on the right path and gives an impartial and outside view of the to guide the student to be in sync with this practice. And as the students’ practice deepens and intensifies, the teacher can take a call as to when the practitioner is fit to continue further on his own.

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Ms. Mimi Partha Sarathy

Founder, Managing Trustee and Sr. Yoga Teacher Sri Krishna Wellness Yoga Centre

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India