Sharing What I’ve Learned From My Studies
One of the most important things to being a teacher, in my opinion, is to always continue being a student. I believe that there is never a point when you have acquired too much information, and if we ever think we get to that point, it should be obvious that there is a lesson to be learned there as well. Having said that, I don’t believe that you should hoard that knowledge to yourself and potentially become judgmental towards others because they don’t do things the way you’ve learned them. The thing is, people do things the way they do them because that’s how they’ve learned, if you wish for them to experience something that you deem important, then you must teach them, or they may never learn it! I am seeing this judgmental behaviour all over social media lately. There are a few huge instagram accounts and the people who have those accounts show incredibly beautiful expressions of inversions mostly, but some other poses as well. You always see other yogis telling them they are doing something wrong, from the way they point, flex, or floint their feet, to the way their legs are positioned. When I see these pictures, it’s quite obvious to me that they know exactly how to do those poses and don’t need the judgement to be able to do them. The most hurtful is when fellow yogis comment that the poses are not “yoga” and the simple fact that they are taking a photo of themselves doing yoga doesn’t make it yoga. I find that interesting because one of the eight limbs of yoga, yama, would probably frown on these comments. Yama, is the first limb of yoga and basically means self restraint, so showing reverence towards others, non-violent behaviour, etc.
ANYWAYS, getting back on subject. I totally believe that in order to avoid these behaviours, we all need to teach each other what we’ve learned. Sure yoga teachers have more of a specialty in sequencing the postures in the best way for our bodies, or knowing alignment queues better, but we can all show each other what we’ve learned. I was taught to always flex or floint my feet in poses like inversions, then someone told me the benefits of pointing my feet… For me, pointing my feet in inversions makes the pose so much stronger, I’ll probably stick with pointing my feet for the foreseeable future. When I teach a class and they try something a certain way they’ve never tried before, and it really resonates in their body, that is such an amazing feeling. The opportunity I get to share what I’ve learned with a room full of yogis is just one of the many reasons that I LOVE teaching yoga!!