In my recent Yoga Teacher Training class we spent the majority of the day doing inverted poses like headstands, handstands, crow pose, etc. It was actually my most favorite class so far (we’re only in week two though so this could easily change.) I don’t know there is just something about being upside down that I love. But, even though I loved doing inversions, it was the chat that we had at the end of class that really resonated with me. We were given a simple question, What is a Yogi? A simple question with a lot of answers.
Our Instructor, Anthony, wanted us to journal real quickly so we could each define it ourselves. I decided to stick with a simple definition: a yogi is someone who values their practice and spreads positive karmic energy out into the world. I jotted down a few details more about why I defined a yogi like this (mostly personal anecdotes) and then as a class we began to share ideas. Now I don’t think my definition was wrong, but there were a bajillion other things that I would have liked to include in my journal entry. So I figured I might as well share them with you here.
What is a Yogi?
- A yogi spreads positive karma
- A yogi practices cleanliness of the mind, body, and spirit
- A yogi is dedicated, to both themselves and their community
- A yogi takes care of others without forgetting that sometimes they themselves will come first
- A yogi practices
- A yogi is self-aware. Self-aware of their faults, their goals, and self-aware of their best attributes
- A yogi is grateful. Grateful for what they have and also for what they don’t have
- A yogi accepts their own truth.
- A yogi is balanced.