It's Cool to Be Grounded
Without a doubt, remembering our own youth once we have passed through the turmoil of adolescence and steadied ourselves in adulthood can help us understand young people. But an even better bridge may be found in recognizing our enduring awkwardness as adults and practicing our belief as students of yoga that we are never finished learning--and that the beginner has much to teach us, if we're willing to listen.
"As a teacher of teens," says Gordhamer, "I need to care about them more than I care about them doing yoga or meditation. If I care about them doing the practices more than as people, then I'm just another salesman in their life, one other person not to be trusted. But if the focus is on what is real, what is true, what is sustaining, then what comes across is the challenge to live a whole life. To me, this is the challenge teens are looking for."
Colleen Morton Busch is a senior editor at Yoga Journal.
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