Why There is No Hustle in Yoga

The difference between a student and a non-student is that a non-student is trying to achieve something and a student is trying to achieve nothing. A student has one understanding: nothing can be achieved. A student knows that there is nothing to be achieved. A student has tried and learned this. She is simply allowing the teachings to be absorbed as they come. There is no hustle about it!

Becoming a Student is a Milestone

Becoming a student is a very important milestone. We aren’t born a student. We have to reach that state and it’s reached naturally. After we’ve tried all our tactics and cleverness and realized that nothing is working. Nothing is working to satisfy that deep deep longing in the heart.

It is after we are burned and burned and burned some more from all our avidya (ignorance of truth) that we reach a point of surrender. We may have cooked (metaphorically) for lifetimes until we are finally done and want the truth and nothing but the truth.

We reach a point when we say, “Money, sex, power, worldly knowledge, fame, respect, etc…nothing is doing it for me. I am not here for all these things, I am here for something else. There’s got to be more to this life.”

This is what makes us willing to drop it all and walk-in empty handed. This is when we are truly ready to receive that which CANNOT BE ACHIEVED.

So, first, we enter each day to become a student. Once we’ve fully surrendered to being a student, then the learning begins.

Life is About Becoming a Student

Life is about becoming a student– a student to life. You put down what you know and then relate to life as your teacher. You go in hungry and ready to receive whatever and however much will be given to you on that day. You bow your head and receive it. That is what being a student of life is about. 

Everyday you start from the beginning. You never go in knowing. You do this until you become a student. You go in with an empty stomach because you’ve dropped all the worldly knowledge and beliefs. A student is an empty vessel who’s willing to put aside every knowledge that doesn’t align with life, the teacher. 

So, you go into class with an empty stomach. Where is this classroom? The classroom is called life. You are a student to life and life is the classroom.

Liberation Demystified

Yoga is all about honesty. To live our yoga is “to be willing to let our false self fall”. It can’t be any other way. Becoming honest is the only way. 

There is only one destination, and there is only one path. The destination and the path are also the same, they are merged into one — if the destination is truth, honesty is the path.

As layers fall, we become vulnerable. We accept our vulnerability to life. We no longer deny the truth. 

Instead of constructing, we begin deconstructing. We begin shedding. We part from our old self — the self we constructed out of our false understandings about life. 

We stop faking it. We stop running after things and people. We are no longer obsessed with our image. We return to our true self. 

We become willing to step into the light and be seen for who we truly are. We choose being honest with ourselves over the approval of others.

We choose being ourselves over being desired.

And, we do this when we’ve reached the absolute limit of the amount of our own bullshit that we can tolerate.

This simple shedding of our old understanding and lies is what we call liberation.

How Meditation and Yoga Are Stepping Stones

The purpose of meditation is to train the mind. It trains the mind to stillness. When the mind reaches stillness, it can begin observing. Until then, it’s part of the world drama.

If your meditation isn’t training the mind to stillness, it is not meditation. If it’s fun, it’s probably not meditation. If you are dreaming up things, imagining, trying to manifest this and that, flying off into different dimensions, you are not meditating. You are just doing some new-age meditation drama.

Real meditation changes who you are. It is an evolutionary process. You become aware of yourself as the thinker, dreamer, and doer. 

It is not to manifest this or that. It is not to become rich and famous. It is not to design the man or career of your dreams. All that is part of the drama. Meditation is to rise above the drama of this mind.

Similarly, your physical yoga practice (yoga asana) must connect you to your body, and your body to Earth. 

You must become aware of your feet planted on this ground and the ground beneath your feet. It must make you aware of your connection, your relationship, your aliveness. Your vulnerability and your strength.

If you are using it just to serve your ego then it is not yoga, it is also just drama.

Why Yoga Focuses on Gut, Spine, and Breath

You are not here to build empires or leave legacies. You are here to connect with your body and breath, and then surpass it. You are here to evolve.

Your core is paramount in this process. What is your core? Your “gut” and “spine”. Your heart and brain depend on your core in order to function properly.

When you breathe better, you think better. The clarity of your breath affects the clarity of your brain.

Most of us have gut, spinal, and breathing issues. Most of us don’t know it!