10 Confessions of a Yoga Teacher

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  1. I think everyone, and I mean, everyone, looks about eight years old when they put their hands over their head for the first set of Half Moon Pose. We are all so vulnerable as we move through class. It seems to boil us down to our very essence. It’s the truth. That’s what makes it great.
  2. Sometimes while I’m leading class I feel like it’s extra hot in the room, but I would never say that to you as you are practicing. If I do, that will be the only thing you think about – the heat – and it might not seem as hot to you.
  3. Every single student has a posture that, when they are able to achieve it, I will be completely overwhelmed, tear up, and feel an immense amount of gratitude to be a witness to their process. These are also the most amazing moments of being a yoga teacher.
  4. Sometimes the only reason I get through every posture in class is because I know the students are watching and I want to be everything they expect me to be. The students push me as much as I push them.
  5. No matter what you think of my practice, or my class, I know I have a long way to go on this yoga journey and am completely humbled with the trust of my students and fellow teachers.
  6. I do meditate, read spiritual texts, and am constantly thinking about the yoga, but I also enjoy a good glass of wine, like to feel pretty, and have a sweet tooth.
  7. I honestly do believe that you can achieve the standing splits in Standing Bow Pulling Pose, can bite your toes in Final Stretching, and see your feet coming over the top of your head in Bow Pose. There was a time when these things seemed like absolute hooey to me as well, but as the yoga has changed my body I have gotten closer to achieving these goals and now know that they are possible.
  8. When I am taking class instead of teaching it, I am not watching your practice at all. I might notice group energy or if an entire class looks at the floor when they take that step forward in Balancing Stick instead of continuing to focus in the mirror, but I don’t notice individual practices. It’s my time to concentrate on my practice. So, don’t freak out if my mat is next to yours. I’m not watching you.
  9. There are days I don’t want to practice, but I do anyway. I know I will feel better afterwards and thankful I came to class. To stay compassionate for my students, as well as, humbled by the yoga, I believe a teacher has to continue to walk through the fire on a daily basis.
  10. I believe in taking breaks. Everyone needs a day off at least once a week, needs to skip a posture now and then, or break the mold of their everyday routine. It is within these breaks that we can reflect on how amazing this ever turning, ever changing journey of life truly is.

Originally posted to viewsfromthepodium.com on December 10, 2013


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