Today is Guru Purnima, the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August). This is a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa, the guru of gurus and ‘father of our scriptures’. Vyasa was the ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata (which includes the Bhagavad Gita) and the Srimad Bhagavata. But you don’t have to be Hindu to appreciate the gifts Vyasa has given us, or the gifts we have received from our yoga teachers here and now in 2013.
For many, the path of yoga is guided by a teacher, or guru, which literally means “remover of darkness.” A guru is one who can help us to see clearly, who helps us to find freedom, be it physically, mentally, and/or spiritually. A guru can be found in the classroom, at an ashram, or out in your everyday life. Your child can be your guru, and so can your mother-in-law! We learn from spiritual teachers, but perhaps even more so from base challenges.
Take moment today and reflect on what you have learned in your yoga practice. What are the gems that have changed the quality of your life? Do you have more freedom, more discernment? Who are the teachers you are grateful for?
I myself have met many on my path of yoga, but to the following I express my eternal gratitude for the lights shone through both dark and bright times:
I bow down to you!
Posted by: Anne Phyfe Palmer, Owner & Education Director of 8 Limbs Yoga Centers