I asked Bri if she would be going back to her school to create her own unique flow, to which she stopped and turned around, snickering in shock. She said, “How could I do that? Only the founding yogi can do that.”
Knowing that a useful metaphorical interpretation of yoga was “yoke” or, in other words, the path to unite with the divine Source, I asked her, “Whose yoga do you practice? Are you following your path or someone else’s?”
As she pondered the question, I hugged and reminded her that she had already incorporated elements ofPilates, Feldenkrais, Alexander, and Laban into her yoga school. I asked if the founding yogi taught her this, and she chuckled.
I went on to ask her, “What is the difference between those modifications to your path and working within the Hatha yoga structure to create your own unique asana and compose your own unique vinyasa and your own unique flow, or prasara?” She admitted there was none.
Bri let me participate in her next class, to which I had walked with her. She is a superb teacher and helped me target bound areas of tension that my structure had been holding. After the absolutely amazing session, she approached me and said that she saw how to liberate her path from her perceived expectations oflong gone teachers and attachments to self imposed dogma on how she ought to be teaching.
We are each on our own path. Teachers are critical, but we must remember that their path is not our path. Our way is not their way. We must help others realize that they should not do as their teachers did but seek what they sought. We should take guidance from our teachers and create our own way from their example of how they lived their lives.