Finding the way

 “Good work finds the way between pride and despair.

It graces with health. It heals with grace.

It preserves the given so that it remains a gift.

By it, we lose loneliness:

we clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us;

we enter the little circle of each other’s arms,

and the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance,

and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments.”

—Wendell Berry

 Eka Pāda Viparita Dandāsana — one legged staff pose  

Eka Pāda Viparita Dandāsana — one legged staff pose  

 

“Sadhana is a methodical, sequential means to accomplish the sādhaka’s (practitioner, seeker) aims in life. The sadhaka’s aims are right duty (dharma), a rightful purpose and means (artha), right inclinations (kāma), and ultimate release or emancipation (moksha).”

—Yogācārya B.K.S. Iyengar, Light on the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali 

 

The paths of teachers and students are threaded and linked together. My teacher leads the way to evolve into the future. To help my students progress and overcome their difficulties, sometimes its necessary to recall the steps and sequence by which I overcame what they are facing: looking to the past to remember, then practicing, innovating, and teaching for needs of the students in the present, who will later serve the generation of the future. In this way the wisdom acquired through the trials and struggles of the past become a gift to bequethe the future.