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himalayan yoga traditionSwami Rama discussing the benefits of Internal Dialogue
"To succeed in meditation, you have to develop this important step.  You do not begin with meditation itself.  First you learn to set a regular meditation time, and then to have a dialogue with yourself.  In this process you are coming in contact with your inner, internal states.  You are learning about the subtle aspects of your mind, your own conscience - and at the same time you are also training yourself."

"Learn to counsel yourself and have a dialogue with yourself: ask yourself why you are doing an action.  Many times you will say to yourself, "I don't want to do this, but I have been doing it, so now it's a routine," and then you'll understand the process of habit formation."

Internal Dialogue is one of the methods taught in our Teacher Training Program.

Swami Veda Bharati speaking to a class of new Yoga Teachers
Why do we teach Yoga?

We teach out of compassion.  We teach because the world suffers and our teaching will reduce that suffering. We teach because we have received that compassion and want to share it with others who suffer. The cause of suffering, in the Yoga-sutras, is ignorance.  Our teaching reduces the level of that ignorance. The student arrives because s/he is seeking help - our desire to teach arises directly out of our compassion for the student.

Swami Veda Bharati’s messages to new and aspiring Yoga Teachers
      “Teach and Be Blessed: a paraphrased excerpt from the Diamond Sutra”
        by Swami Veda Bharati
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himalayan yoga playerWhen is a teacher ready to teach?

  1. When you have an intense desire to help. 
  2. When the basic techniques are mastered and incorporated into your own life.  Then the teaching comes from a conviction of personal experience, a place of emotional equanimity, and flexibility of character. 
  3. When you regard yourself as an instrument of the Guru Lineage. Then you will teach effortlessly, and the Guru will teach through you.
"Answers to Yoga Teacher's Questions" Swami Veda Bharati
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