Guru Purnima is a spiritual holiday celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists, and yogis around the world on the first full moon in the month of Ashadh in the Indian national calendar. This auspicious day is devoted to expressing gratitude for the teachers and mentors that have played an instrumental role in your personal or spiritual growth. Whether your teachers assume the role of a spiritual mentor, trusted friend, pet, the wonders of nature, a yoga teacher, or the guidance of your own inner compass— we invite you to take a moment to pause and extend gratitude to the teachers in your life with the reflection below.
In no particular order, write down the name of 1-3 yoga teachers that have inspired and deepened your yoga journey.
Now, pick one teacher to focus on first.
What are the most valuable lessons you have learned from this teacher? How have their teachings influenced your yoga practice, both on and off the mat? How have their teachings rippled out to effect other aspects of your life?
Each journey includes its own set of challenges. How has this teacher or the teachings of yoga helped you overcome obstacles?
Now, zoom out and reflect on your entire journey as a yoga practitioner. How have you grown and transformed since you first started practicing yoga? What are some milestones or breakthroughs you experienced along the way? How have you learned to listen to and honor the voice of your own inner teacher?
Feel free to revisit this exercise every Guru Purnima or anytime you want to reflect on the teachers and mentors in your life. May their wisdom continue to inspire you as you journey through the vast and ever-unfolding landscape of life, with yoga as a constant companion and guide.