Years ago, you stumbled into a yoga class by some act of will or by some accident of Grace. You fell in love with the practice. You found the magic of movement, of breath, of awareness. You experienced the majesty of connection to yourself that happens so powerfully and uniquely through asana.
Slowly, surely, inexorably, small seeds were cultivated in the garden of your own heart. Your life changed in both profound and simple ways. Not that you are enlightened or anything, but sometimes you remember to take a deep breath before reacting in anger. You can now easily make conscious choices that used to require extreme acts of willpower. Sometimes you can even be compassionate with yourself when you fall short of your own standards.
Small and large changes took hold of you in such a way that you were inspired to share the practice with others. You wanted to make the world a slightly better place. You dreamed of world where other people could experience that delicate blend of effort and ease, strength and flexibility, stability and fluidity that comes through practice.
You decided to teach yoga.
You love yoga. You love teaching yoga. You love helping people. You have fallen in love with your students. They seem to love you.
And yet you worry.
You worry if you can still be a good teacher if one or more of the following are true:
At any rate, the good news is that you can be a good, if not great, yoga teacher regardless of how many of these worries you have.
Clearly, this post can now go in a lot of directions from here and as the possibilities of numerous directions open in front of me as I write I see that this article might need to become several articles. And while there are certainly the business considerations of all of these musings and observations, I am going to go in the direction of teaching and not marketing and business, although I know, A Girl's Gotta Eat.
One key to growing as a teacher and to feeling confident in your offering is to know your Yoga Teaching Superpower. This post seems to be brought to you by bullet points, so here is a list of possible Yoga Teaching Superpowers that are, in my opinion, more important than the above list of worries:
Well, this is long enough for today. Next blog entry will be about the secondary layer of Yoga Teaching Super Powers like poses, demonstration, articulation skills and so on.
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