I enrolled for the very first online Inner Work through Yoga course with a very ‘academic’ goal in mind: understanding and getting deeper insights into the meaning of the Yoga Sutras. I thought I would come out at the other end highly knowledgeable largely thanks to the fact that it was led by Raghu and the team. (Even now, at the roughly halfway mark I am laughing at myself for my naiveté!) The fact that it is led by Raghu and a very able, more importantly, a very involved team, has resulted in many little and big surprises for me.
The first few sessions were interactive and I went with the flow. I followed the set format dutifully – thoroughly enjoyed the drawing bits, even the sharing. But it took me some time to realize that the sessions were not about the videos or (in part) even the Sutras and the meanings. Often, after watching a 20-minute video I’d end with just a fraction of understanding of the deeper significance or even the surface meaning. And that’s when I realized that the sessions were not about the team, my co-learners (what a superb lot!) or even the videos! They were about me! My interpretations. My understanding. My observations. As we went on, I realized that the triad helped me grow as an empathetic Listener and grow even further as a dispassionate Observer. It also gave me a very different perspective on my own interpretations through the evocations of my drawings with my Listeners. Sometimes my views were flipped completely upside down, back to front and black to white! I gained a diametrically opposite view of what I was thinking and portrayed. And yet, it was right, it was meaningful and it resonated with me as much as the earlier perspective!
I say gained because in effect it has been an enriching journey and I am glad it continues as I seem to have moved just a few centimeters ahead and there’s a long way to go.
I look forward to the sessions every Wednesday. I ‘come home’ to meet the family, plan meetings, calls and social outings around this day and time and get ready for the sessions with eagerness even if it has been a trying week or day! My journey (like my perspective) is now flipped inwards and I am now a ‘seeker’ of the vast untapped within.
Although this is not enough, many thanks for this Raghu, Kavitha, Kamala, Apoorva, Ganesh and Gowtham and of course, the wonderful co-participants of my batch – who are the extended family.