As a yoga teacher who has been a practitioner of yoga since my college days in Buffalo, New York circa 1973, and teaching since 1993, I have come to realize no teacher training prepares you for teaching than your own personal development. Then you must learn to breathe otherwise there’s no real getting it.
When I teach my classes, it is like an outgrowth of being my seasoned sensitive, traditionally trained special education/elementary education teacher- on a mat.
Listening to what’s not being said, seeing what is being hidden, and feeling the room and those in it. Being in tune and emotionally present for all and ready to serve require of me to be with my life force, my breath. (More on this below- a little Vayu-wind study for you) It is from this place of deep self-knowingness, I teach. I teach to who is there, the time of the year, from where I am at, my soul connection to my own self first-then I am good to go. Self reflection is the best part of living and the side benefits are better than could ever be imagined. By doing this we water the seeds of loving, caring and nurturing for our pre-frontal cortex, the CEO of the brain. No wonder we feel so good after a soothing practice of yoga. The process of all this is much like a huge radical impenetrable sacred spot where I allow the Grand Teacher of all of us to move through me as I tap into the Universal by moving into the quantum field of interconnection -the place of deep universal consciousness. Open to Grace affords us to feel the latent potential that abounds-within us, around us and as us. That is my training. Right there. Pay attention to it all.
Often times when someone asks what did I say in class and refers to a wisdom revealed, I usually cannot remember, as it was a moment, that passed. Here we are in this moment: Anew. Renewed. Now.
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