Dear Yoga Student,
Thank You for applying for the position of yogi/yogini. This position is not to be underestimated or taken lightly, but a sense of humor is encouraged. During your initial yoga internship, you may commit to only one or two class per week. Before you can make a decision to accept a full-time position, you have to show up for yourself. Eventually, becoming a yogi will require more time in the form of every day mindfulness with family, friends and total strangers. You may be training for this position while doing things that bring you joy as well as with people who deplete you.
Perhaps you think you are applying for a seasonal position and a 3-6 month commitment is sufficient. This is accurate if you plan to return to your current position. However, you cannot place a time restriction on transformation.
Please detach yourself from any outcome. Things happen that we cannot plan for. Do not quit. Always code your program with the belief that you are capable and deserving.
You are encouraged take your work home with you; a home practice is highly recommended and could include a few postures, meditation, or taking time throughout the day to observe your breath. This will promote self-study, increase productivity and promote happiness. You might even sleep better and like yourself more.
You will need to gain strength, flexibility and balance. These are mental traits. At times, you will be asked to slow down and under-do. You will also be taken outside your comfort zone, dig deep within yourself and stay present for whatever arises. This is a prescription to reduce your own suffering, be more compassionate toward others, and uplift you from a state of ordinariness.
Kosha Model of Yoga
This position requires you to accept that you are a multi-dimensional being. Yoga is meant to release karmic bonds of human suffering using the Panchamaya Kosha model; there is a unique physical body (Anamaya Kosha), a breath body (Pranamaya Kosha), a mind/senses/emotions layer (Manomaya Kosha), a deeper intellect representing the relationship between self and the universe (Vijnanamaya Kosha) and the even deeper layer of pure, unbound bliss (Anandamaya Kosha). We can get stuck in any of these layers. What on the surface appear to be physical postures will bring about changes to your whole being. Working with any one of the Koshas can ‘unstick’ all layers.
To say this position is in the field of health care is accurate, but understand that you are starting with all the healing tools you need already within you. And while long-term health is important, please find who you are in spiritual terms.
Don’t worry about a dress code. You will be observing yourself from the inside. What you may come to see is that you are a spiritual being dressed in a human form. And the human form can be uncomfortable. Over time, you will begin to see possibilities in yourself. You will want to change, or so it appears. But what is really happening is not a change as much as it is a shedding of anything that didn’t fit you to begin with.
There may be tears. Thank them for carrying the agitated energy out of the body. You are not the first one to wet an eye pillow in savasana.
And know that if you chose not to show up for class, your teacher and co-worker yogi’s miss you and may even worry about you. By coming to class, we extend our own life energy to others.
This position is permanent and you are everyone. The main qualifications are self-love and discipline. Are you ready?
Light and Love,