A spiritual leader can be many different kinds of people. A spiritual leader is someone you go to for advice on how to feel more connected. How to feel more connect with yourself, the people are you, and the universe.
Human beliefs differ. Some people go to church to fulfill their spiritual needs, while others turn to a yoga practice. Some people do both!
Yoga teachers are spiritual leaders. If you are a yoga teacher reading this, YOU are a spiritual leader!
Yes, of course yoga teachers are expected to know how to teach asanas, or poses, but yoga is so much more than a physical practice. It is truly a spiritual practice.
Even in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, essentially the guide the yoga, the second of 196 sutras is “yogas chitta vritti nirodhah,” which means the stilling of the mind. It means to have the ability to direct your mind consciously.
It doesn’t yet mention anything about postures. This is for a very good reason – yoga is truly about the mind.
There are doctors who help people with their physical symptoms, and can prescribe physical therapy. There are also psychiatrists, who help people with their mental stability.
But, who do people turn to when they need help with their spirituality?
Often, people turn to yoga teachers.
In the yoga world, there is an extended focus on energy bodies and how to work with them.
From the Chakras, Bandhas & Gunas, to the Koshas, Doshas, and Nadi’s.
People turn to yoga teachers when are searching for answers no one else can give them.
Yoga is a spiritual practice – and yoga teachers are spiritual leaders.