Three qualities of a yoga teacher
Confidence, clarity, and compassion are the most important qualities of a yoga teacher.
Iyengar I, confident that the strength of a yoga teacher does not come from himself, not from physical skills and strength, appearance, eloquence or credentials, but from the close relationship between him (her) and the tradition and source of yoga knowledge conveyed.
If a teacher can be the spokesperson of ancient yoga wisdom, he will naturally have enough self-confidence.
When we speak of tradition and knowledge, we mean a complete and comprehensive understanding of yoga.
The author of the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali, likens yoga to a lotus with eight petals: 1) holding the ring, 2) advancing, 3) asana, 4) breathing, 5) control, 6) concentration, 7)Meditation, 8) God is fixed.
Although asana is almost synonymous with yoga practice at present, we should always remember that asana is just one of those eight petals, the purpose of which is to let us understand the other petals and rouge to see the full picture and meaning of the lotus.
If we don’t understand the other petals, in fact we don’t understand the petal of the posture well, because it is only a part, and only the whole part can get its true meaning.
For example, if you never know what a car is and what it does, you can’t explain to you well what a tire is and what it is for.
Therefore, only this “comprehensive understanding” will give a yoga teacher real self-confidence and a peaceful mind when teaching. Even if you cannot convey all the knowledge you know in the classroom, that knowledge will still be because of yours. “”Presence” permeates the classroom and is directly realized by the students.
No matter what style of teacher you are, no matter what kind of environment you are in, and no matter what you are good at teaching and facing students, if you believe that the purpose of yoga is first of all to experience the purification and peace of the mind, you will haveEnough patience and a healthy mindset.
You know you don’t need to deliberately please everyone, you will naturally attract students who have the same pursuit, because purity and peace are precisely the most lacking and precious things in this world.
The self-confidence of a yoga teacher will be supported in the following three aspects, if he or she knows how to “dedicate” to these three and learn the art of “concentrating and listening”.
1) Your teacher (guru).
You always learn humbly from your own teacher, whether it is one or more; 2) Teachings of senior yoga sages and masters (sadhu).
Understand their understanding, cultivation and mentality in yoga; 3) Sastra.
This means that you read and understand the philosophy and core content behind all yoga practice or teaching.
Your teacher supervises you and helps you solve practical problems. Yoga predecessors encourage and provide you with inspiration. Classics are your information base, inner resources, and forever partners on this path.
Second, clarity 1) You know exactly what you are teaching and what effect you want to achieve.
The simple and clear content taught in class is far better than the many but not clear and thorough content.
Do n’t put too much demanding requirements on yourself and your students in a class to make your body incompetent or tired. Before class, you must be very clear about the purpose, core and issues of this class today.But at the same time, there is room for adjustment.
You need to be able to firmly grasp those moving moments and the awareness of “present”.
As a result of your lesson preparation, you should cultivate a clear, eager to share, but at the same time don’t be too obsessed with the details, because it is likely that due to external factors such as weather, objects and time, you cannot fully implement your lesson preparationcontent.
Your topic can come from the continuation, change, repetition, or depth of the content you taught in the last lesson-that is, an outline of your teaching content, or from the latest experience you have gained in reading or practicing(Develop the habit of reading before class) If you are constantly learning and reading, and always maintain your most valuable pursuit and passion in yoga, your teaching will always be full of vitality, joy and freshness.
As a good teacher you do n’t need to be omniscient and omnipotent, but if every little thing you teach is what you feel and understand, you can teach it truly and clearly, and you can impress youstudent.
2) You can accurately communicate the content of yoga using simple and clear methods.
You must go through a process of turning yourself into a communication tool, that is, professional yoga teacher training and long-term training in teaching.
No one can immediately become a good yoga teacher from a good yoga student.
This is a completely different role transition from receiver to giver.
Teachers are a special profession and need special training. Even an ordinary kindergarten teacher needs to go through four years of training. Why do you think you should be a teacher after one month of teacher training?
Of course, if you are born with a gift for expression and a height as a teacher, this process can be successfully completed.
The true function of yoga teacher training is to lay a solid foundation for you and to give you a clear picture of the road to yoga.
No matter how good the trainer can only show you what he has, but only your own practice can really help you discover your own ability.
You have to learn to use the following three expression techniques in teaching: 1. Your body-body language; 2. Your spoken language; 3. Your Spirit- Your subtle energy languageHow others feel).
The presets and effects of these three languages reflect your own inner strength, quietness, balance, purity, thoroughness and perfection.
It leads to your own cultivation.You cannot be a good yoga teacher unless you become a good yogi first.
Third, compassion. If your purpose as a yoga teacher is to serve your students, if your happiness is to use your knowledge and skills to help others, you are approaching compassion, and true compassion is wisdom itself.
Wisdom is the philosophy put into practice.
This means teaching the correct principles of yoga accordingly to what students can accept.
The core of a yoga teacher’s job is to dispel pain (both physical and mental) and share spiritual joy.
Therefore, careful teaching should not cause “more pain” to students.
Yoga teaching is neither a teacher’s personal performance nor a joint practice of him or her and the student, but a process in which the teacher assists the student in gaining an understanding of their own potential and the experience of the nature of joy through guidance.
The core of yoga teaching is “the transformation and purification of the heart”.
The greatest pain in this world is ignorance of the self, so the greatest compassion is to help others understand the nature, value and potential of the true self, thus causing all kinds of pain and struggle caused by ignorance (avidya).
As long as a teacher’s teaching does not take this as inevitable, it cannot be compassionate.
For a true yogi, he or she has seen that the source of the pain is inner ignorance, not fate and the fault of others.
Ignorance can be purified by micrometers. The Yoga Sutra lists these ignorance manifestations that cause pain: 1) asmita, fake me.
Refers to the fact that we live in a very narrow, wrong concept of the self, which limits our experience and happiness in other higher realms of life.
2) Raga, obsessed with pleasure, persistence and greed.
3) dvesa, avoidance and replacement caused by painful memories.
4) Abhinivesa, insecurity, uncertainty, fear of death.
Real yoga practice will bring purification of body and vitality, purification will bring awareness, awareness will bring spiritual vitality and subtle sensation, subtle sensation will bring depth of self-knowledge, depth will bring calmness, abandonmentDedication and devotion, devotion will bring love, humility and service, service will bring gifts and blessings, and gifts will bring joy and perfection to the soul-the spiritual life that transcends time, break free from the false self and bondage-wisdomEternal existence.