Yoga Is A Path


Ashtanga Yoga is a Parampara lineage. Parampara is "knowledge that is passed in succession from teacher to student. It is a Sanskrit word that denotes the principle of transmitting knowledge in its most valuable form; knowledge based on direct and practical experience. It is the basis of any lineage: the teacher and student form the links in the chain of instruction that has been passed down for thousands of years. In order for yoga instruction to be effective, true and complete, it should come from within parampara. Knowledge can be transferred only after the student has spent many years with an experienced guru, a teacher to whom he has completely surrendered in body, mind, speech and inner being. Only then is he fit to receive knowledge. This transfer from teacher to student is parampara."

As Eddie Stern explained during the conference the word Guru means " a teacher who is a master of a subject. Someone who has deeply mastered, experienced and understood the subject that they are teaching. The word Parama comes from parampara, hence Parama Guru is lineage holder and master of this particular tradition"

Sharath Jois, is Parama Guru, he was just here in NYC for the week. It's always an emotional time when he comes, and this year particularly, as for the first time in 5 years I did not make my yearly pilgrimage to see him in India. It's been challenging to power through the year without time off to be a student and devote full days, weeks and months to studying. Teaching Ashtanga Yoga is not easy, it taxes your physical, emotional and energetic body. It's been a blessing to spend this time with him and regain insight.

In one of the conferences Sharath reminded us all that Yo