Can Yoga Help You Find Your Vision?

By Stephen | November 10, 2015

A little while ago, my teacher Darren Rhodes posed a series of questions to a group of his students.

What do you aim to pass on? To offer? What’s your bigger vision that will serve others? Or, what’s your inward vision that means being away from one and all that will serve others? Big or small; what is it? Do tell. Try it: write something down. Starts with My vision is… see what you end up writing. Why not?

I am sitting on the bullet train from Hangzhou to Shanghai having just wrapped up a series of workshops in China. As the train whizzes through the countryside at 300 kph I have some time to sit, think, and write about my vision.

My Vision Board

In the years BY (Before Yoga) I was clear on my vision. To find a job that would allow me to help others help themselves. I spent years searching and then I found yoga.

My vision today is that, through yoga, I will be able to inspire students to discover what lies in their heart through yoga. My vision is to teach yoga to people who want to make the best of their lives and to find the courage to live their own adventures. I want to pass on the passion for life and for yoga that my teachers have instilled in me.

I had the great fortune to be able to do my first teacher training with Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell in Tucson. I had no idea what I was in for when I travelled there for the first week of training, but I can tell you that it forever changed me.

I am kinder, more thoughtful, happier, healthier, stronger and smarter thanks to their guidance.

In Los Angeles, I had an abundance of teachers to study with, and Noah Mazé, Tony Giuliano, Scott Lewicki, Keric Morinaga, Hagar Harpak, and Tara Judelle become my weekly teachers. I have made it my mission, my vision, to take their teachings with me and share them through my own filter as I travel and teach my workshops around the world.

Who Are You?

I was on a long search for myself when I discovered yoga. Through practicing pranayama, meditation, and asana, I was able to move beyond the external, beyond all of the ideas I had placed on myself about who I was, and who I should be. I discovered that when I didn’t focus on who I thought I should be, but instead focused on what was true about me on the inside, when I focused on what made me happier, I was much happier. And when I am happier, and more aware of who I am, I am a much better husband and friend.

Working in the music industry for more than ten years had taken its toll on me and I was becoming one of the cynical, asshole music industry idiots you see personified in movies. I was not a nice guy. Except that, of course, yoga taught me really am a nice guy, it’s just that all that ‘nice’ was hidden under layers of dust.

Yoga has the power to help you find the truth about who you are and to inspire you to work every day to be your best self and live your best life.

What About You?

What is your vision? What is it that inspires you, motivates you to get up, to strive to be your best? Sit down and think about what your vision is, what your want, what you do everything in pursuit of. Write it down or don’t. Share it or don’t.

Just sit, for three minutes, and think. Why not?

What next: Try these 5 Fabulous Tools to Help Create a Vision for Your Life →

Happy adventures, Stephen & Jane

9 comments

  1. Comment by Julia

    Julia Reply November 8, 2016 at 10:44 am

    This is a great article about vision.
    What I love about it is that it is simple, succinct, approachable, and joy-inspiring, which is – I believe – what Vision is.
    Thanks, friends-on-the-path

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen November 10, 2016 at 12:43 am

      Hey Julia. Thanks so much! We need a lot of joy-inspiring right now so let’s get on it! We have a job to do…

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  3. Comment by Cathy

    Cathy Reply November 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    My husband, Bob, and I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with our hometown of Tucson, Arizona and Yoga Oasis, where I began my yoga journey on 11/11/2011. Imagine our surprise and joy to learn that a Hanoi studio would be offering a workshop taught by Stephen, a student of Darren Rhodes! In the summer of 2014, We sold our 2,600 square-foot McMansion and relinquished all of our belongings, save for a small storage unit for photographs and irreplaceable items. We got jobs as international schoolteachers and moved into a small apartment in Hanoi, Vietnam. It has been a liberating experience but I often missed my preferred style of yoga. Enter Stephen. Thanks for a great weekend and many takeaways. My current yoga teachers, all from India, are scratching their heads and wondering what changed about me over that weekend. Haha–they will never know the power of the Yoga Oasis. Namaste.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane December 1, 2015 at 1:40 pm

      Cathy, that is so amazing! Not that you got to practice with Stephen (which is very cool, too) but that you took the leap from McMansion world to living in Hanoi. Living in Asia for a while is still high on my list of things to do and Hanoi is one of my top choices. See you there next time?

      J

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen December 10, 2015 at 5:08 pm

      I am so happy you and Bob discovered my workshop, and we were able to connect. I love how incredibly small the world is – especially when you focus it in on a shared passion. Yoga Oasis is one of my homes for yoga in the world, and was where I first found my voice as a yoga teacher thanks to Darren’s (and Christina Sell) Teacher Training. So glad I could help us all reconnect with the spirit of Tucson, and Yoga Oasis. See you next year! Also, find us on Facebook if you spend time there so we can stay connected.

  4. Comment by [email protected]

    [email protected] Reply November 23, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    I know for certain that yoga has shaped more than my ass. It’s absolutely helped me with clarity. Every day I’m becoming more connected to myself, and more fully aware of my soul’s needs. We tend to let society dictate how we live, but there is no one-size-fits-all life. So screw that! Am I right? I’m so glad I stumbled on this amazing space. It’s awesome to be here with a few fellow adventurers. :)

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane November 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      Absolutely true! It’s taken me about a million years to feel confident about my decisions to ditch the standard way of living for something a little more interesting. Yoga has totally helped me build that confidence! Glad to have found you, too.

    • Comment by Stephen

      Stephen December 10, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      I am late to replying only because I have been out teaching, with spotty internet access. I am so with your Screw That attitude. It isn’t easy to buck the trend, but it sure feels amazing to know what makes you happy, and to fight for that instead of fighting for “The Man”.

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