Let's clear this one up right now: In one of the most recognized philosophical writings of yoga, Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali, practitioners are introduced to the concept of santosha. Santosha translates to "contentment," and it speaks to one’s ability to feel at peace with him- or herself. Sounds pretty simple for a professional yogi, right?
Wrong. I would love to say that I wake up each morning blissfully finding my place on a meditation pillow without a thought or a care in the world. And some days, I do. But I also get tired and under the weather, and sometimes I’m overwhelmed by the thought of what’s to come that day. Regardless, being a yoga teacher does not mean I’ve found the key to bypassing all of life’s sticky ups and downs. And as far as I know, it doesn’t for anyone else either.
Though we are teachers, we are also humans. We are always shifting, growing, and changing just like the rest of the world. The difference is that most of us have committed to utilizing the practice of yoga to help us navigate life’s hills and valleys with as much love and grace as we can. Sitting in the present moment with absolute un-attachment and gratitude is as much a practice as it is a process. On some days I feel truly content, and on others, I simply feel grateful that I'm able to keep trying.