Who Is Your Teacher?

Via Hilary Lindsay
on Jun 26, 2012
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Inspired  by Alex Teuscher photo: Dare To Dream
Photo reprinted thanks to Alex Teuscher “Dare To Dream”

They Dare to Dream


Aligned with luminescence; a silhouette

Is she outcast, explorer, pilgrim or prophet?

Contemplates the universe or is it a backdrop for her glory?

If she is glorious is it because you in that cave say so? 

Is she lit on stage for you sitting at her feet or does she turn away; earth’s curious creature at the foot of the sky?

She is both lit and beholder of light

She is a figment of your imagining on the edge of your darkness or nature’s light, depending on your viewpoint

There is no accident that she wears this radiance as she reached for the stars to pull it close but notice how unconsciously it slips from her shoulders in the effortless swirl between teacher and seeker.

She does not care to own the light nor borrows it for deception.

She trusts not that this light is in her but that she is in this light.

She knows the difference: You believe her.

See that she will meet you halfway always and

When it’s time to go, she goes alone.

Honor her for teaching you why and not holding you prisoner with how.

Honor him for crawling onto the crude floor of the cave with you instead of building a castle in the sky.

Honor her because she says when you look her way you are seeing the light behind her and really, she is just in the way.

Honor him when he moves aside so that all of it may light you.



About Hilary Lindsay

Hilary Lindsay created the first comprehensive yoga program in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans, choreographed videos for athletes, introduced yoga and meditation to the Nashville public school system and continues to work one on one with private clients including the Nashville Predators. She has been covered by popular magazines and television shows and has worked for a variety of publications as a yoga expert. She authored a chapter in Yoga In America, a book published at the forefront of the discussion among yoga teachers about contemporary yoga in America. Additional writing can be found at www.bitchinyoga.wordpress.com as well as the Journal pages of her yoga site. Hilary teaches classes and workshops in consciousness through movement. Her medium is yoga. Her method is exploring the language of the body in light of the eight limbs. Find her at activeyoga.com.


15 Responses to “Who Is Your Teacher?”

  1. I wrote this because I was inspired by the photo of Alex's. So it is a translation of that photo from my point of view today. I do not have anything against fame but added the links for more food for thought.

  2. Anne says:

    Love love love this. Sharing.

  3. Thank you for the love and the sharing, both. And thank you for opening this.

  4. Mamaste says:

    Just intro' on FB to: Yoga, Enlightened, Culture, Family & I'm Not Spiritual.

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  6. carolhortonbooks says:

    Really nice. Makes me feel good to read it. Thanks.

  7. Namaste, Mamaste and thank you.

  8. I appreciate that. I'm feeling lucky to have had the inspiration by this picture to create something from it. And you know it's no small thing to make someone feel good so thank you for saying so. And you are here too in the second link and so you are part of this. 🙂

  9. Not sure what to say to that but 'thanks for readiing' is my first thought and so here it is. Really though, I believe I do aspire toward "Wow" and I appreciate the comment, Pat.

  10. sunyoga says:

    So cool… perhaps the perfect but forgotten definition of guru.

  11. Laura Miller says:

    I'm very proud that you fit all these categories, and that you have been my teacher!

  12. Sunyoga,
    I purposefully used the word "silhouette" at the beginning where I had first written 'figure' because the student imbues the teacher with so much of themselves that often the teacher is just that; an outline. It is my response to the discussion that started with the Anusara debacle where I pointed out that the student is a large part of the teacher's image. I didn't expand on that here as it wasn't my intention to do more than whisper in your ear. Tthank you for your addition to this post because you've allowed me space to make a comment!

  13. Laura,

    I can't tell you how much that means to me. Thank you.

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