You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable. Kahil Gibran
I have no children but this passage also speaks to the role of teacher. Ultimately, the greatest freedom we have as teachers is to be the bow from which our students are set free. It is therefore our job to practice what we preach, to be a living example that yoga is a path of balance and stability, love and joy. It is also true that once we are adults, we become responsible for our vision and direction. In that sense, the Yoga Teacher is a guide to find your own inner guru who speaks on the whisper of the breath when we are silent enough to hear. Till then love and honor your teacher as I do mine then we join together in a circle of friends.
“It is necessary to the archer to become in spite of himself, an unmoved center. Then comes the supreme and ultimate miracle: Art becomes ‘artless, ‘shooting becomes not shooting, a shooting without bow and arrow; the teacher becomes a pupil again, The Master a beginner, the end a beginning and the beginning perfection.” Zen and the Art of Archery Eugen Herrigel
So we come to yoga always with a beginners mind to discover in the moment what there is in the moment.