Class Notes, Week 5: Key qualities of a yogi

The Moksha yoga teacher training program requires me to journal once each week about my experience with the poses and assignments + my practice and progress. This is part of that weekly assignment.

According to Aadil Palkivala, these are the key qualities of a yogi:

  • Desire to grow
  • Willingness to change
  • Receptive to appropriate feedback
  • Persistence
  • Patience (time)

My intention aligns with all of these qualities … so that’s a relief!  But each quality doesn’t exist in a vacuum; they are interconnected.  A desire for growth cannot be separate from a willingness to change, for instance — as I evolve, change inevitably happens.  And being receptive to “appropriate” feedback will require patience, with myself and the person prodding my ego.

Patience is the quality I really want to hone above the others.  Patience with myself would certainly improve my patience with others — and make me a more effective messenger for yoga.  I notice those moments when my inner self gets rattled and restless and begins shouting expletives that would make my parents blush.  Every so often it manifests in the spoken word, but less and less so over the last few years.  I am grateful for this awareness.  It’s something that didn’t use to exist.  My impatience and temper often used to dictate my actions, and were 100-percent self-centered.  Now I have an easier time recognizing that when stuff bubbles up, it would be a waste of energy to throw into the world — and let it go.  Not all of the time, mind you — I’m far from perfect! — but I’ve gotten better at it.

I re-read my last post and chuckle at my impatience, thrown into the written word.  I want to coddle it like a naughty child I love unconditionally.  It’s a good reminder to not get ahead of myself, to evolve at the “appropriate” pace and just let these lessons marinate a while.  I have the rest of my life to improve, grow, evolve.  I might live life and travel like I’m going to die tomorrow … but my yoga education will take this lifetime (and beyond).

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