Whether to Slow Down an Impatient Student
I have encouraged her to slow down, enjoy the process, be a student as much as possible, explore all forms of yoga, take classes from many teachers, and read every yoga book she can. She has done some of this but continues to press on at breakneck speed and wants what she wants right now.
Read Nicki Doane's response:
This sounds like it has hit close to home—as though you went through the same thing that you are now about to put a student of your own through.
I would urge you to back off. Time will reveal all things, and if she is not meant to teach right now and have a studio, that will become apparent and she will find out by herself. This is a perfect opportunity for you to practice vairagya, or dispassion. As a teacher, we should want our students to succeed and to grow beyond us. Try to find some compassion for her and remember that yoga reveals.
Yoga in America is quite different today than it traditionally was in India. Today you can actually get certified to be a yoga teacher in as little as three days! I say let the chips fall where they may.