Learning From My Students
One of the biggest eye openers as a teacher was to see just how different everyone’s body is. I have found that things I could really feel in my body just didn’t take in others. At the same time, I tend to be much more flexible than the average person, so when students experience things in poses that I literally can’t feel, it’s a real learning opportunity. I have learned to work with multi-leveled classes because of all the different levels that my students tend to be. I have also learned not to underestimate someone because of their age. I have also learned not to over estimate someone because of their age. It’s a really beautiful thing to be able to be open minded about someone’s abilities and not judge based on perceived knowledge of the “average” person in a certain age range, weight, gender, etc. I continually look forward to things I can learn from my students and the different ways they can continue to open my eyes! When I’ve been teaching a student for a particular amount of time, I can see their potential and can give them a little push in that direction. In this way I also learn their willingness to move forward out of their comfort zone. This can be such a brave step depending on this person, and I learn so much from that too! For these reasons and countless others I love learning from my students and it’s one of the many reasons that I LOVE teaching yoga!