1. 5/27/2012

    This is a really great and insightful post. I love the simple tips which are more personal than technical!

    In the era of the “give it to me quick” lifestyle, cultivating a student-teacher relationship requires a lot of patience, humility and vulnerability.

    Personally, I also found that a community of yogis who hold you accountable on and off the mat to be really important. Finding a good group of people who share from a place of love is where the yoga connection gets really powerful!

  2. 5/28/2012

    Well observed and well said. It’s definitely interesting being a mysore teacher. I can’t imagine teaching any other way. Please don’t reveal too many of our secrets though… shhhh!

    Although a bit nuanced, I would argue that humiliation is not completely off the table. Not that it should be done from an obviously egotistical place of “I’m better than you are.” However sometimes it is a byproduct of breaking down, destroying, or coming up against the overly inflated ego of the student. For instance a “know it all” may only come to understand that they don’t know it all by haveing it put back in their face in some way. That can be humiliatiing..

    Anyway… I’m really proud that you call me your teacher. See you soon,

  3. nadia

    Love this post. When I first started yoga, I ‘shopped’ for a while, looking for a class (or actually, a teacher) that made me want to keep going. I found one last 3 years and when she left I was devastated. However last year she opened her own studio and I never looked back. One of the best reasons why I love her was that she was the only yoga teacher who taught me yoga beyond the asana concept, and coming from a multisport background where ego is everything, I was startled, and pleasantly surprised when she had us start our class with the intention to stay humble, do good, and forgive others.

    Other than that, what makes her a good yoga teacher is that she has a sound knowledge of body anatomy + alignment, who knows where and when to give me modifications or variations, and also who knows when to push me when I did not think I could (or would). Her own solid and committed practice makes her a student first, which gives her that special ability to relate to her own students. I find these qualities a must have in a yoga teacher, and I am grateful that I have found mine :)

    sorry for the rambling!

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