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I usually, if not always, have found this Yoga Wisdom email as interesting, helpful, and positive.
I found this particular piece filled with arrogance, and projection.
In relating to psycology, maybe its time to go back to the basics, you think?


What an interesting comment about presence. I wonder how the writer perceives his own presence, or lack of, in relation to his teachers?
I also found the contradiction in the first line, with what follows, some what disturbing, or maybe off balance.


It's interesting that this author attributes the "expectant" tone of the class entirely to the teacher and nothing at all to his own expectations/perceptions.

ntathu allen

as a yoga teacher, that must be one of the hardest lessons to learn..release expectation and allow the student to feel their way thru the lesson. we can only share what we know and i think its good that Mark is able to reflect on his internal experience and make sense of it and in so doing unearth/unravel another layer of self. so its all good?

srinibash das

om alone not only make u stress free, it also increase your observing power ,ur increase ur thinking capacity, totaly it will escort the life through


Why didn't the author say something to the teacher? Maybe he wasn't even aware he was coming across with that energy. I would have!


What I got out of this is that I need to tone down my own teaching when excited about a project to present to my class. I am thankful for the article but agree with the above comment from Tim.

True..When you are surrounded with people, it is often hard to find your true self..


I have to agree with a "new" yoga teacher myself, I am still finding my way and know all I want is to provide the best atmosphere as well as a safe, well-rounded yoga class. I have been thinking I might incorporate "OM" three times at the beginning as I've seen done in other classes because I like it so much for how it creates a "community" to the space. I find myself hoping I don't have students in class similarly judgmental of my attempts of good intention.


What you're saying, in very many words, is simply that people (or at least you) don't like being told what to do. Maybe the problem is not the teacher, who is after all doing what you paid him to do, but your own egotism.

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