While each has the potential to be a cauldron of transformation, not all yoga classrooms are created equal. There are those teachers who make time stop, who remind us of what we didn’t know we’d forgotten. Those who change our practice with a simple cue that wakes us up from a long unconscious slumber, those whose palpable inner stillness calls us back to ourselves or those whose generous touch, applied with the skill of a surgeon yet the softness of a mother brings out tears that are long overdo.
While technique is important, far more influential is the energetic environment a teacher creates. More than what is said or done, what is felt in a classroom is the true medicine. If we don’t feel safe to challenge ourselves, to take it slow or to break down and cry if need be, there is only so much transformative potential available in our practice.
On the cusp of the new year, as I prepare to teach my first cohort of yoga teacher trainees, I’m asking myself- what it means to be a ‘good’ yoga teacher. Here are five guidelines for an Alchemical Yoga Class.Read More