“Anybody who is a teacher, has to be a perfect student first. There is no perfect teacher or a perfect master who is not a perfect student. Because without becoming a perfect student, you do not have perfect experience, therefore you cannot share your perfection. So, whatever you are going to say either it’s going to be book knowledge or it’s going to be your dreams.” The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, March 6, 1991
I love this quote. We are in the Aquarian Age now. The Age of Experience. In the Piscean Age, we knew because we read it or heard it from an influencial person. But, in the Aquarian Age, we know something because we experience it. A Teacher or Master of anything must constantly be a student, experimenting with and experiencing new depths of their craft and mastery. As a Kundalini Yoga Teachers and Trainers of Teachers, it is absolutely critical that we use ourselves as labratories to experience the depth of a yoga kriya, pranayam or meditation. What are the effects physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. How is our consciousness altered? How else can we be authenic in our teaching to others? This is the least we can give…authenticity.
So, lets see if this one comes out. Some people have been asking me how Pranee, my dog and I qualified to be a “therapy team.” First Pranee had to pass a national exam qualifying her for the “Good Citizenship Certificate.” We took a course to prepare and then we took the exam. Once she took the exam and received the certificate, we had to apply with the local Human Society to be registered with the Pet Outreach program, qualifying us to go into hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc. as a therapy team. We decided to go with a program called READ, Reading Education Assistance Dogs. It is a national program, but local programs have names like Read to Rover. We are Read to Spot and after the program is underway, the kids involved will be able to choose their own name. Its a great program and there has been statistics to show that kids improve greatly in their reading after being in the program. You can ask me questions.
You all have probably been posting blogs for years. I have wanted to blog for years, and thanks to Darshan Kaur, my wonderful and talented friend and workshops organizer (www.aquarianworkshops.com), I am finally blogging.
As you can see on my web page, I am going to be teaching various workshops and trainings, and I have 2 incredible books for sale. For my first blog, though, I want to talk about two very special things that happened today. I love to do service, and so both of these things have to do with serving in the community.
Starting on Monday, March 12 at 9:30 in the am, I will be starting a Kundalini Yoga Class for a Homeless Shelter in Santa Fe. I am very excited about this, because I am going to be a part of a team of people who will present yogi tools – like breathing techniques to relax or energize or aid restful sleep, yoga to enhance the Immune System or the Respiratory System, and Meditation to easy anxiety, depression, anger or increase self-esteem and prosperity consciousness. Today I went to various shelters and soup kitchens in Santa Fe and talked about the class with guests. They were very encouraged by the possibility of a class that could give them practical yogic tools to help them in the stressful situation they are in. I’ll let you know how it goes.
The other thing I began today I have been working of for a while. It is called the Read to Spot program and it is going to run out of the Espanola Library. My dog, Pranee, has been trained in the Good Citizenship Program and now qualifies to be a Therapy Dog. She will go with me to the library and children will read to her. Today, an 8 year old girl read to Pranee three books. It was adorable. Pranee loved all of the strokes and treats, and the girl loved the attention, encouragement with her reading and stickers for each book she read. Definitely a win-win experience for us all.
Its so fun to get out there and serve. I’d love to hear about what you do.
Meditation: March 17, 2012
Dying Into Life: April 20-22, 2012
Healing the Wounds of the Heart: May 19, 2012