An organizational development (OD) expert differentiates the following “individual helping tools:”
Teacher – presents concepts, ideas; gives instructions; to some degree, builds skills
Coach – focuses on performance; builds skills for a specific task or field
Mentor – helps a person beyond work/performance, thereby affecting the whole person, including his/her emotions, spirituality, etc.
I guess these tools also apply in yoga, depending on how far and deep the teachers and students are willing to take their connection.
New word for the week: SATSANG
Satsang (Sanskrit sat = true, sanga = company) describes in Indian philosophy (1) the company of the “highest truth,” (2) the company of a guru, or (3) company with an assembly of persons who listen to, talk about, and assimilate the truth. This typically involves listening to or reading scriptures, reflecting on, discussing and assimilating their meaning, meditating on the source of these words, and bringing their meaning into one’s daily life. Contemporary satsang teachers in the West – frequently coming from the Advaita Vedanta tradition – sometimes mix traditional Eastern knowledge with methods of modern psychology. During a satsang with a master, students are likely to ask questions. Satsangs also may contain elements like lectures, meditations, singing and recitations. (source: wikipedia)
Broadly speaking, Satsang is a meeting of devotees (yoga practitioners) for the purpose of chanting, meditation and the study of relevent classical yoga texts. In a deeper sense, Satsang is about energizing the fundamental Guru/Disciple relationship. In a world where the predominant focus of attention is ‘out there’, Satsang provides an environment, which affirms the practise of looking within. (source: http://www.shantimandir.com/glossary/glossary.htm)
(Almost fell off my seat when I read these first two definitions of satsang.)
Good and virtuous gathering. Being in the company of those who inspire, encourage, and reflect your true nature. The company we keep can give us the courage and strength to be kind to other beings. The seeds of compassion ripen in satsang. “In this day and age, Satsang is the most important practice.” – Sharon Gannon, co-founder, Jivamukti Yoga (source: http://www.jivamuktiyogasc.com/)
(Hmmm, this is more like it.)
Om saha navavatu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Saha viryam kararavavahai,
Om, shanti, shanti, shanti.
(The above text was sent to me via SMS, so if there is any correction please send it in.)
May we be protected together.
May we be nourished together.
May we work together with great vigor.
May our study be enlightening.
May there be no hatred between us.
Om, peace, peace, peace.
Be careful with what you pray for.
“Om, shakti, shakti, shakti….” Oops!