Guruji says that yoga is an art, a science and a philosophy. It has become for me a whole lot more than that. It is my saving grace, a means to a livelihood and my life coach. I teach for the joy I feel when I see my students working through asanas. To be able to help people understand themselves while at the same time working on understanding my Self gives me the greatest satisfaction in life. There was a time when I was wandering through life unsure about what I wanted to do, only that I wanted to help people. Throughout the years as I delved more and more into what yoga is I realized that I would have to help myself before I could help others. Yoga has given me the ability to examine myself and my actions, it has given me clarity in thought and word and the ability to see life in it's most vibrant colors.
There are two things I say frequently to people. The first is that yoga works to the cellular level and the second is that yoga makes life's colors appear in more vibrant hues. When the mind is still and the life force is flowing unrestricted, that is when life is experienced most purely, as it is, in it's essence.
To be able to experience even a glimpse of that beauty is completely worth all the hard work required in studying, practicing and teaching. I teach for the love of yoga and for the gratitude to everything it provides for me. Yoga meets me halfway every time, without fail. It is indeed the love of my life. Someone I met recently tried to explain to me that I may find other things to do in life and that this may just be what I am doing now. I am not sure how to explain it but without teaching and without studying yoga it would be like losing the greatest love of my life, that which makes my life feel content.
The love that I feel for yoga comes from it's ability to help me See the bigger picture, the Universal picture...even if just a fleeting glance.