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- In Search of an Excellent Yoga Teacher
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a yoga teacher and has a wonderful site (go there and see for yourself!)
called Yoga Everywhere
. Her site features a tremendous amount of information on Yoga written
for everyone from the beginner to the expert, and easily explains how
to incorporate yoga into your daily life (even in the office!). Please
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In Search of an Excellent Yoga Teacher
by Megan Lurie McCarver
I have been blessed to study with many
excellent teachers on my yoga journey. Here are some important
tips to remember while you experience and explore yoga teachers during your
practice of yoga.
In my humble opinion, an excellent yoga teacher
is a kind, gentle being who respects your boundaries and
acts compassionately. Clear boundaries are essential for the pure teachings of yoga to be passed on
in a teacher/student relationship.
Always identify your intention, communicate
truthfully to yourself as well as to your teacher and trust your common
sense during your yoga practice.
"Then said a teacher, 'Speak to us of Teaching'.
And he said: 'No man can reveal to you
aught but that which already lies half-asleep in the dawning of your
The teacher who walks in the shadow of
the temple, among his followers, gives not of his wisdom but rather
of his faith and his lovingness. If he is indeed wise he does not
bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold
of your own mind. The astronomer may speak to you
of his understanding of space, but he cannot give you his understanding.The musician
may sing to you the rhythm which is in all space, but he cannot give you the ear which arrests the
rhythm nor the voice that echoes it. And
he who is versed in the science of numbers can tell of the regions of weight and measure, but he cannot
conduct you thither.
For the vision of one man lends not its
wings to another man.
And even as each one of you stands alone
in God's knowledge, so must each one of you be alone in his knowledge
of God and in his understanding of the earth."
Excerpt From "The Prophet" written by Kahlil
An excellent yoga teacher facilitates a
safe and sacred space for students regardless of where the teaching
takes place (a gym, a private home full of houseguests, a yoga studio, or even
a park). The key is to be in the present, the
here and now. That is what creates sacred space, one that enables students to guide themselves inward
to explore the many levels of being.
An excellent yoga teacher models the teachings
of yoga to all student's shape, size and form.
The excellent teacher allows you to be who you are regardless of your strengths and
your limitations. Thus the practice of yoga continues.
Don Juan, in his teachings to Carlos Castaneda
sums it up quite eloquently.
"Look at every path closely and deliberately.
Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself
and yourself alone one question. This question is one that only a very
old man says. My benefactor told me about it
when I was young and my blood was too vigorous for me to understand it.
Now I do understand it. I will tell you
what it is. 'Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good.
If it doesn't it is of no use."
Excerpt from "A Path With Heart" written
by Jack Kornfield
Of course, if none of the suggestions above
work, you can always ask trusted friends about their yoga teacher.
I always find "word of mouth" works well.
Another way to locate a yoga teacher is
to surf on-line Yoga Teacher Directories. Some listings even
have eMail addresses directly to the yoga teacher. Let them know of your yoga
needs to assist selecting the correct match for you.
Lastly, try not to take any yoga class
too seriously! We are all fools when we do yoga, silly postures where
you sometimes even fall down or pass gas by accident. Have fun, laugh and enjoy!
In this way, regardless of where you practice or with whom you
study, you will always return back to an open heart. And after all, isn't
that why we practice yoga in the first place?
Megan is the founder of www.yogaeverywhere.com.
Her specialty is introducing people to the yoga community in a gentle
and kind fashion.
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