People ask me what my favourite part of teaching is, and I would say that it would be when students realize that they can do anything. ANYTHING.
Why? Because I know that feeling, too. It’s utterly intoxicating. There’s just no greater feeling.
To me, a very important part of teaching yoga is trust. In my experience, students move forward more bravely when they trust the teacher – when they feel their progress actually matters. Sharing the joy of progress also fuels more growth down the road.
The past couple of classes I’ve taught, I’ve witnessed several major (physical) breakthroughs in the regulars. Had it not been unprofessional, I would’ve jumped for joy in the hot room for them. An even better part is when the students are in shock of what they had just done! In those moments, I cease to exist, it is all about them. As their vulnerability lay in a puddle of their own sweat, their inner power grows. I don’t know who wouldn’t humbled by witnessing that.
I’ve had amazing teachers who helped me find those moments, those breakthroughs in my practice. The only way I know how to thank them properly is to give the same to my own students. And as a reminder to my fellow teachers…one day you may inspire a student to return your good will to others.
As I continue to teach, I pay it forward in gratitude. I encourage you all to do the same. Your world will be better for it.