Don't Give Away Your Power to Your Yoga Teacher

It's easy to make your yoga teacher into a minor deity. Some teachers seem to have that indescribable "thing" that we so desperately want--poise, calm, a knowing. Not to mention great abs and a perfect Handstand. That's why we turn...
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It's easy to make your yoga teacher into a minor deity. Some teachers seem to have that indescribable "thing" that we so desperately want--poise, calm, a knowing. Not to mention great abs and a perfect Handstand. That's why we turn...

It's easy to make your yoga teacher into a minor deity. Some teachers seem to have that indescribable "thing" that we so desperately want--poise, calm, a knowing. Not to mention great abs and a perfect Handstand.

That's why we turn to them like a therapist, develop a little crush on them, or just follow them around in the hopes that they transmit some of their power to us. We just want someone to make things better, and they seem like a likely candidate.

Tara Stiles, author of the Slim Calm Sexy Yoga, addresses this phenomenon in the Huffington Post. In her article, she talks about how some misguided students are looking for power in all the wrong places:

Yoga is your own self-reliant system that provides whatever you need to be healthy, as a whole person, which includes all together your mind, body, spirituality, and happiness. All the tools are right there, and you already have them.

She goes on to say that when you cultivate a healthy body and a healthy mind through yoga, you'll develop--and recognize--your own power. "It is the ultimate self-empowering toolbox that you need to accomplish anything you desire in your life."

Now that's power.

We want to know: How do you give away your power--and how do you restore it?