1. shining brightly; sparkling; glittering; lustrous: the brilliant lights of the city.
2. distinguished; illustrious: a brilliant performance by a young pianist.
3. having or showing great intelligence, talent, quality, etc. : a brilliant technician.
4. strong and clear in tone; vivid; bright: brilliant blues and greens; the brilliant sound of the trumpets.
5. splendid or magnificent: a brilliant social event.
After teaching one of my classes this past Sunday, a student of mine and fellow yoga teacher thanked me for class and told me I was “Brilliant!” My immediate reaction was “Yah, I’m brilliant, yea!” But, as the day went on and I thought about what it means to be brilliant, I realized that what she really didn’t know was that I am just a reflection of her brilliance, and all the other people who were in class that morning. If it weren’t for her or the others sharing their breath and their powerful strength, I would have not be able to teach. I would have been in the studio alone, not brilliant at all. This overall brilliance is why I love to teach and share my practice with others. When the class is over a lovely, shining light glistens off of all of us, and together we are brilliant. (thx allegra)