We have drifted on the Yin River far from the dock where we boarded our little ferry, with the question on our lips, “What is Yin Yoga?” We have seen the history of yoga displayed before us. Our ferry took us into the waters of the physical body, the energy body, and the mind body. We were shown how the Eastern views compare to those in the West. Many small lakes through which we passed, invited us to linger and learn more. Perhaps you responded to a few of these invitations: the sights along this river are compelling.
Most of the time, we trusted the river, and just went with the flow. We were shown how to practice Yin Yoga and what to practice. We heard the warnings of rapids and extreme white waters awaiting us, should we follow certain streams. These warnings advised us to seek an experienced guide, before braving the treacherous waters. We also discovered that, at times, floundering is just another part of the journey; when we travel a river, we should expect to get wet now and then.
The journey is not finished by any means and that is okay. The destination is still ahead, and the river will take us ever onward. After all, it is the journey itself that is most important. Still to be discovered are the waters of deeper yoga – we have only floated around the outer edges of the lakes of the vijnanamaya and anandamaya koshas. The serious traveler will want to find a pilot to take her safely to, and through, those deep waters.
The Buddha once said, “Place no head above your own.” He warned us that the spiritual path has to be traveled; staying at home and reading about it is not a substitute. Hearing tales from others who have gone before you will be of absolutely no value, unless you make the journey yourself. You must experience for yourself the truth of any teaching. But this does not mean you need to make the journey alone; guidance through white waters is absolutely necessary in order to survive.
Plan the rest of your journey with care. Seek out those whom you can trust and whose wisdom your respect. Don’t overplan though – that is often an excuse for not doing. Your plans will never be one hundred percent complete or perfect. Don’t worry about it; there is boldness in beginning any endeavor.
Just do it! Go!