I am in the second week teaching the Yoga Philosophy module of the YTTC here in Nicaragua. I have been teaching Yoga Philosophy now for 3 years and it is a subject that is close to my heart. Having accessed the practice of yoga, like many of us, through the physical aspect of the yoga, teaching Yoga Philosophy here at the camp in Nicaragua, has encouraged me to question my beliefs and views on the concept of the soul and indeed what is a spiritual practice? I am teaching Ashtanga Yoga and related Yoga Philosophy on a surf camp in Nicaragua. Is it possible to develop my spiritual practice here…..don’t I need to be in an ashram?
My curiosity about the soul has led me to many questions, including that of immortality. Is the soul immortal or will it live on after my body has perished? How do I know that I have a soul and is this something that I need to believe in? Is the soul different from my body?
The Abrahamic philosophy is that your soul is tested on this earth to determine its resting place, heaven or hell. In Vedic philosophy, your body is the vehicle for soul and the soul is transported from body to body, dependant on your karma. The Aristotelian philosophy believes that your soul was the essence of your being and despite not being tangible, it perished alongside the body. The interpretations are endless and varying throughout the ages.
In studying Yoga Philosophy, I have come to realise how important it is to have your own personal interpretation of what the soul is. Whether you are in Nicaragua or India, only then can you start to cultivate your own spiritual practice, whether you believe that soul is mortal or immortal.
During my time here in Nicaragua, I have had time to ponder my own Yoga Philosophy. Having established my views, my spiritual practice has deepened and I have an increased confidence in my identity and true self. I am looking forward to sharing these views as I teach Yoga Philosophy here at Los Clavos Surf Camp, Nicaragua.
One thing is for sure, being here in Nicaragua, teaching Yoga Philosophy and being fully immersed in surf camp life, my soul shines and I am fully immersed in my spiritual practice.
I am looking forward to sharing this as part of my Yoga Teacher Training here at Los Clavos Surf Camp. Join me soon.