The Hunter and Yoga

The winds blow beauty, knowledge, and offerings in front of us every day, the distracted and desperate yogi, however, will pass those gifts. Our mind yearns and worries for the end of the hunt, to attain an advanced yoga posture, quit our job to be a yoga teacher or discover the truths of the universe.

A true hunter never worries but holds absolute trust in the intuitive process to guide them to the end point. They know they can lure their goal over and over again.

If you search for answers in yoga, you will find them. Those are the answers you are manifesting into existence though. What of the answers that are meant for you to discover? You will miss them. The answers intended for you may not be sexy. For me, it was a more gentle and vulnerable approach to my yoga practice. Our hearts, intuition and wholehearted path are unpredictable.

An absolute trust will always bring you what you most need though. Good or bad. 

 

Journey to Yoga (original poem)-

Years wasted in chase,

a hunt for goals whose reward

was as empty 

as the air

we breath.

 

Hold stillness

in the duality

of your intuitive path,

a yogi hunts between realities

barely touching light and dark.

 

I wish years ago I never saw perfect asana practices on social media. My hunt for the other seven limbs lost its value because “I was so far behind.”

All the self-limiting beliefs on making a living in yoga were useless. I know my path, and others experiences and failures are not mine.

Our minds love to visualize the reward of an advanced asana practice, or the power in the ability to deliver a moving talk on spirituality.

Real hunters (yogis) love the process just as much as they enjoy the reward.

Lions love the chase, and sometimes they even skip over wounded animals because it is not enough of a challenge.

I have never hunted or killed an animal in my life, however, I know that hunters hunt in the dark. They are at a spot at 3:30 in the morning waiting. A committed yogi, if they have a busy life, may need to be up at 3:30 am practicing if that’s the only time they can get a practice in.

 

The Desperate Hunt in Yoga

My knowledge of hunting comes from books and going out into the desert to take walks and write poetry. While in the desert, I enjoy keeping an eye out for coyotes and watching the ones I do see.

However, I never see a coyote when I listen to my head. If I am caught up worrying about life problems and not focused on the present moment, there is zero chance of me seeing a coyote.

When I follow my intuition, and walk a new way or go to a new place on a whim, I seem to see a lot more animals. Hawks, owls, coyotes, ravens, and rabbits are in abundance when I am relaxed and exude joy. I have heard similar things from hunters, that most opportunities present themselves when least expected.

Most of us listen to our head on our yoga journey, and we compare teachers, philosophies, fashion trends, people in yoga and asana styles and how they can benefit us. My experience with logic based thinking led me to injuries and ups and downs in all facets of yoga. The path of the heart in yoga is gentle, and one where there is no desperation or neediness.

 

 

The Teachings of Yoga

” A HUNTER KNOWS HE WILL LURE GAME INTO HIS TRAPS OVER AND OVER AGAIN, SO HE DOESN’T WORRY. TO WORRY IS TO BECOME ACCESSIBLE, UNWITTINGLY ACCESSIBLE. AND ONCE YOU WORRY YOU CLING TO ANYTHING OUT OF DESPERATION; AND ONCE YOU CLING YOU ARE BOUND TO GET EXHAUSTED OR TO EXHAUST WHOEVER OR WHATEVER YOU ARE CLINGING TO.
I’VE TOLD YOU ALREADY THAT TO BE INACCESSIBLE DOES NOT MEAN TO HIDE OR TO BE SECRETIVE. IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT YOU CANNOT DEAL WITH PEOPLE EITHER. A HUNTER USES HIS WORLD SPARINGLY AND WITH TENDERNESS REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE WORLD MIGHT BE THINGS, OR PLANTS, OR ANIMALS, OR PEOPLE, OR POWER. A HUNTER DEALS INTIMATELY WITH HIS WORLD AND YET HE IS INACCESSIBLE TO THAT SAME WORLD. HE IS INACCESSIBLE BECAUSE HE’S NOT SQUEEZING HIS WORLD OUT OF SHAPE. HE TAPS IT LIGHTLY, STAYS FOR AS LONG AS HE NEEDS TO, AND THEN SWIFTLY MOVES AWAY LEAVING HARDLY A MARK.” CARLOS CASTANEDA

What are you exhausting yourself with? What parts of yoga are draining your energy instead of creating energy? A hunter limits his chances when he wastes energy worrying about feeding his family, hates the process and uses aggressive tactics.

The same concepts pertain to yoga. Grace, ease, and play should be standard values in all our asana practices. Find lightness and enjoy the sand, stars, trees, and sunshine.

Your prey may be hiding right around that next corner.

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About Ian Cattanach

Growth through yoga, nature, spirituality, writing and reading has been the central focus of my life for many years. I am based out of Las Vegas, and for the last three years teach yoga to classes, individuals and online audiences. I write novels, poems, and non-fiction books that explore and experiment with spiritual ideas. I love to ski, attend university, play with my dog Jaxon and spend time in nature.

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