The Gift of Assisting
Even if you are already teaching your own classes, learning to assist a senior teacher can be one of the most valuable learning opportunities you will ever have.
As a final note, consider that your greatest talent might lie in assisting. Perhaps leading the class as "the teacher" isn't really your path. The best assistant I ever had worked with me for more than 10 years and had no desire to teach. He became extremely knowledgeable, with a depth of understanding that surpassed that of many teachers, but he saw his role as helper. He and I were a team: I'd work the front, he'd work the back. We had our students surrounded. It was wonderful for everybody!
Tony Briggs has been practicing yoga for 26 years and teaching for 19. He is director of Turtle Island Yoga in San Rafael, California, where he offers classes, workshops, and a year-long teacher training/apprenticeship program.
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