Yoga, the teacher.
I may teach yoga, but it’s also important to continue to my own practice. Over time, I have thought a great deal about what a good teacher is, not just for yoga, but in life in general.
We are all on this journey called life, and, when we come to something new for the first time, a patient teacher, who explains and shares their knowledge and joy for the subject, can inspire us to learn more quickly and easily.
It also helps if the teacher nurtures those in the class, watching and listening how the students are reacting and answering questions in an honest and straightforward way. When students broaden their understanding, a good teacher can offer encouragement and open the door to further knowledge on the lifelong path of learning.
When I teach, I keep in mind the words of Kahlil Gibran, who wrote that
“the teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind”.
On your yoga journey, a good, friendly teacher, with whom you feel comfortable, can start you on the road towards self-discovery. Yoga practice is called just that, practice, as we are continually learning, more about yoga and, ultimately, more about ourselves. So, through the medium of yoga, we are learning to become our own teacher.
From my experience, the more you start to learn, the more you want to know and you will soon find through yoga that within you lies the greatest teacher of all.
© Sarah Swan (March 2016)