The title of this blog post may have made you screw your eyebrows and nose, and think, ‘What is she talking about? Who do I invest my soul with?!’
I have a soul?!
And if so, how do I even begin to invest such an intangible item?
I believe we are all souls, and that we are all fragments of a higher power, a higher energy which some call God and others the Universe. And what is the purpose of yoga but to bring about union – union with yourself – your mind, your body and your soul. It should surely make sense to then think wisely about who you choose to let you teach yoga?
We give careful thought to the appointment of people and organisations like the bank who we invest our money with, the individuals we allow to tend to our hair and beauty, and the people we allow to take our heart, so with something as precious as our soul, would we not give the same consideration to who we go to learn yoga from?
Some years ago I learnt about the importance of this and the connection with your yoga teacher when I met my yoga teacher Jaina. From the moment I met her, I knew there was an important reason that our paths had crossed. I felt a connection that I had not experienced with past yoga teachers. I was received with a great smile, love and care. This was in stark contrast to the ‘clinical come in, copy the yoga teacher and leave quietly at the end yoga classes,’ I had been to in the past.
Fast forward to a few years later, and in 2017 I embarked upon my Chi Kri Gold Adult Yoga teacher training, which was where Jaina was trained! I was welcomed into a circle of love, a community, the Chi Kri family. Our Chi Kri teachers, be it in training, or in the weekly yoga classes tend to all students (trainees or not) with love, compassion, kindness and a genuine interest in each of us as well as discipline where we need it! Teachers and students alike have struck up bonds and conversations have flowed at the end of class. Over the past couple of years, I have seen students come together in class in celebration (Diwali, Yoga Day) and in challenging moments we have held each other (loved ones passing) – this is our yoga community and it is strong. Yoga has not just been about what happened on the mat, it has been and it will continue to be what happens off the mat.
Your soul is precious.
It is your inner guidance, your truth.
It is your guiding light, it is love.
This is but to name a couple of soul qualities that we tap into through our yoga practise. I dedicate my energy to creating classes to emulate all the love and support I have been blessed to receive. Wherever you go to practise yoga, think about you invest your soul with.