What Is A Yogi?

June 9, 2011 § 3 Comments

I’m currently at David Swenson’s story in Guruji, and I’m struck by his sense of humor and candour throughout the interview. I love his realistic and open perspective on Ashtanga, how it’s as a tool to enhance life, and recognizing the fact that the real guru is the practice itself. Every single story in the book is inspiring in its own way, but some stand out more than others, like Swenson’s story. In particular, these lines stood out for me yesterday:

“A yogi can be many things. Yes, a yogi can be someone who separates and goes off and lives in a cave. But in my mind, an even greater yogai is one who’s integrated and woven right into the context of daily life and society without becoming disturbed by it.”

To be a part of the world and yet not be disturbed by it! Isn’t this what the Tristana of practice trains us to do at every practice? To keep focusing on one’s breath and bandhas no matter who else is in the room, who has ‘overtaken’ you or is more/less flexible than you are? I’ve always read about how the practice ‘prepares’ one for the ups and downs of daily life, but this insight is finally making it real. An A-Ha moment!

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§ 3 Responses to What Is A Yogi?

  • Jennifer says:

    I have met David and he is an amazing teacher. He came to Calgary for a week and I attended his week-long adjustments workshop. He is a very funny guy and one of the most inspiring people I have ever met. His interview in that book is a great snapshot of him in person.

    • D says:

      Lucky you! I hope to catch him, and a whole host of other senior Ashtanga teachers at the Ashtanga Yoga Confluence next year 🙂

  • Cory says:

    He’s a funny guy. Patient and doesn’t force you when you’re not ready.

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