Tagore once met two ascetics from a very simple spiritual group in a village of Bengal. 

“Can you tell me,” he asked them, “wherein lies the special features of your practice?”

One of them hesitated for a moment then answered, “Its’ difficult to explain that.”

The other immediately said, “No, it’s quite simple. We believe that we have to first realise our own self under the guidance of our spiritual teacher, and once we have done that, we can realise the supreme self that is within us all.”

“Why don’t you preach your doctrine to all the people of the world?”, Tagore asked.

“Whoever feels thirsty will by himself come to the river,” was his reply.

“So, what is your experience? Are they coming?”, Tagore was eager to know.

The ascetic gave a gentle smile which was devoid of even a trace of anxiety or impatience. He said, “They must come, one and all.”

“They will come in their own time, but every one of them will eventually get there. This is our human destiny.”

To value anything is to find in it something which is our own. This something has to resonate with us deeply even if we cannot consciously understand it. And it is this visceral response that guides us on our path and practice of yoga. Hence while there are Yoga practices suitable for every person, it is only when you find the teacher and wisdom that resonates with your deepest self – that you should commit to a practice. In all honesty, it is only when this happens that yoga starts to really work for you.

Until you have this experience, try as many classes as you want be it at a gym or an ashram. And if you have been practicing a particular class or with a teacher for a whole but have not had this experience – then it is time to look elsewhere.

But once you have that call from deep within – it’s time to commit to a practice or teacher. This is called shraddha or faith and developing it is the only way to deepen your practice.

To all the Yoga seekers out there, May you find your bliss.

nitasha buldeo

Dr Nitasha Buldeo is an Integrated Medical Practitioner, Entrepreneur, Scientist and Yogi. She created  I-Yoga & Organic Apoteke and is Director of the Centre for Exceptional Human Performance. She researches human potential and delivers programs that encourage you to live exceptionally. Nitasha believes that every one of us is striving to be the best we can. Her passion is bringing you programs that enable you to unlock your personal genius.

Nitasha’s yoga training began in childhood and she has been trekking into the Himalayan peaks to meet her teachers and to teach for over 25 years. Her wisdom on traditional yoga and meditation practices is immense. Her personal practice is one of dedication, perseverance and humility.

She is a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and leads Yoga training and retreats globally.

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