How’s your yoga teacher?

What would you do if your doctor was always sick? You would change doctor.

If your yoga teacher isn’t smiling; change yoga teacher! It indicates either that they aren’t practicing or there’s something “wrong” with their practice. Either way, they are in no position to help you. (Almost) Every teacher is nice in the class but how are they outside the studio? If the only yoga in their life and character is doing postures, then that’s all you’ll ever get from them.

It’s a vocation rather than a profession. If you want to be a good teacher, you must wrestle down your ego: teach for them and not for yourself. You must be vigilant to practice what you preach: if you ask your students to be mentally open and flexible you must remain open yourself. Be sincere and don’t say things you don’t know to be true. That also means continuing to study and knowing that not everything you’ve heard may be accurate. Being nice and caring isn’t enough; you need to know your stuff. Please remember, your teacher training was only the start.

Krishnamacharya's padukas

Teach what is in you, not as it applies to you, to yourself but as it applies to the other.” – Sri T. Krishnamacharya


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. kwarren1970
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 17:17:53

    Totally, agree. Starting a yoga blog is one of my ways to learn more as well as share/reach out to other yogis whether student or teacher. You never stop learning.


  2. The Bliss Project
    Apr 15, 2013 @ 23:21:05

    I’m not a yoga teacher yet, but I will be!


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