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Isn't this work the very best! I just Love It! thank you for putting into words what I already felt in my soul and heart... partaking in growth on all levels as a teacher and student all at the same time...


Thank you, thank you, thank you. Never has Yoga taught me more about myself and my reactions to life, than it has as a teacher. You helped put into perspective how to observe those reactions and understand my ahamk‚ra by practicing vair‚gya.

Carmen Dapat

"The teachings are the main course of the meal, but the teacher's personality is the seasoning that makes the main course palatable to the student" - I love this analogy. Insightful words here..peace.


Thank you, this was great. I have a bubbly personality and I am sure at times can be a bit overwhelming for some. This helped me remember to leave that side at home and be there as a calming, but joyful teacher. Namaste


I enjoyed this article b/c it hit me where I live, my ahamkara. However, as my teacher's training progresses, I'm finding that making friends & understanding/accepting my ahamkara serves to make me a fuller person (and thus, a more interesting teacher). Thank you for naming the experience for me.


Lisa Scott-Wilkie

Recently an incident took place in a class I teach and I've been struggling around whether to continue my role as an instructor or just take a little break. This article allowed me an opportunity to see this situation from an entirely different perspective, it held space for me to be honest and see myself with loving compassion, and to come to a conclusion about how to move forward on this journey. Shanti ~


Thank you for this. I find that by dipping into the Sutras just before I teach, I am reminded to consider wider things than my own ego. Another thing that I have learned is to demonstrate to the level of my students even if that is not where I'm at. I'm teaching for them not for me.... receiving an awed silence because of the length of my hamstrings etc is about my ego, not benefitting my students. And I agree totally with Michael Russell that teaching is a practise in itself, one that not only allows you to feel the joy and humility of seeing others 'getting' yoga in their own way but to also recieve valuable feedback from yourself about where you are at.


I needed this one. Thank you.


thank you for your thoughts on this very important issue. befriending your own emotions is as important as holding and supporting the emotions of the participants in any class.

Martye Cirioni

Thank you so much, Yoga Journal, for your articles that help me to grow and learn so I can teach loving yoga. Could you please tell me how I can get them to print out like they use to before the new changes( which are wonderful!!! by the way) They are written in quite small print and I like to save some of them for my files. Thank you


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