The Eternal Oath of Yoga Instructors

 

This sacred Oath represents the Timeless Values of authentic yoga.

Applicants who wish to receive Yoga Instructor Certification from RightYoga must agree to this Oath.

 

The Eternal Oath of Yoga Instructors ©

- Inspired by the Ancient Yogis, Revived by RightYoga

  • I freely and solemnly pledge upon my honor - and as my witness the transcendent spiritual energy of the universe - to dedicate my yoga skills and wisdom to the welfare of humanity;
  • I will endeavor to …
  • Uphold the foundational ancient yoga principles of non-hurtfulness (ahimsa), truthfulness (satya), non-stealing (asteya), sexual self-control (brahmacharya), and non-greed (aparigraha) towards my students and all living beings;
  • Uphold these principles as a holistic way of life to be valued and preserved;
  • Give my teachers and the ancient Indian yogis honor and gratitude for their gift of yoga derived across lifetimes of humility, austerity, prayer, introspection, self-control, equanimity, and unconditional love;
  • Help my students preserve and enhance their health and longevity;
  • Candidly explain to my students the strengths and limitations of yoga and avoid guaranteeing the cure of any ailment or condition since yoga involves understanding the temporary nature of our human bodies and worldly possessions – a wisdom known as Samkhya;
  • Refer my students to medically certified healthcare professionals if in any doubt about their physical or mental condition – and refuse to teach yoga to such students until appropriate approval has been acquired;
  • Maintain the confidentiality of secrets that students confide with me – even after they transition to the next world;
  • Remain non-judgmental of my student’s race, religion, nationality, party politics or social standing;
  • Humbly accept that which I do not know or understand about yoga and immediately refer my student to a more advanced or enlightened yogi;
  • Continually shower empathy and affection upon my students as a holistic healing tool;
  • Never view a student as a customer, client, number, nuisance, or problem unless their behavior breaks the law or threatens themselves, you, or your other students;
  • Never allow personal ambition or reward to influence my advice to students but will seek to share whatever I learn or gain with my students and all living beings (sahanav vavatu, sahanav bhunaktu);
  • Always consider my student’s family and economic background;
  • Humbly respect and revere my students as much as I revere myself and the ancient yogis - knowing the eternal divinity within us all;
  • Continually grow and improve my yoga wisdom and skills through learning from an enlightened yogi;
  • Continually learn more about yoga through self-study (svadyaya) of ancient texts, modern books, scientific studies, and other yogis to preserve and develop the ancient tradition of holistic, balanced, and experience-based yoga;
  • Realize that I, my students, and all people are of the same inner essence since eternity; that the original and main purpose of yoga is to awaken our immortal inner selves; that everyone is equally and eternally Truth, Awareness, and Bliss (Sat Chit Ananda) and that our individual consciousness is connected to the universal consciousness;
  • Teach and promote yoga as a healthy, holistic, and economical alternative that can help prevent the ailments, horrors, and wars of the world by reducing stress and making people more contented and peaceful within. Minds disturbed by infatuation, greed, anger, and ego lead to poor health, war and violence. It is within the mind where these foes need to be vanquished to make our bodies and world a more joyful place to live;
  • Remember that as a yogi I am a trusted member of society with special responsibilities towards all my fellow yogis and other human beings and with obligations to uphold and preserve the prestige and good name of yoga.

~ Authored by yogi Sanjay C Patel, former Ashtanga Yoga monk of 20 years

Inspired by and dedicated to my late yoga guru ji Pramukh Swami on 19 July 2016 (The revered full moon day of Guru Purnima)

Copyright notice © Sanjay C Patel 2016-2017

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