June 4, 2017
I used to think student attendance meant success. I measured my success in numbers and bodies in a room. This measurement didn’t allow for me to impact my students or create opportunities for empowering them or helping them get to know themselves a bit better - both super important outcomes for me as an instructor. I also realized that when I made the yoga class about me and my success I wasn’t focused on my students (duh!) and actually felt less successful as an instructor. When I began to make my classes about the practice of yoga, the benefits and my students and their needs I noticed a slight shift in the energy of my classes and also how I felt about them.
During a class it is important for me to share the bigger aspects of yoga and the benefits of the practice for body, mind & spirit. The postures are such a big part of the practice, but yoga is more than asana - it’s about self-discovery and empowerment. My purpose as a yoga instructor for children and adults is to be an advocate, to be a cheerleader and coach, to be a guide and role model, to show them they are worthy, but most importantly to help them uncover the self-compassion and courage that resides within them already.
As a yoga teacher I hope to impart the knowledge of control over emotions and breath through simple meditation practices and nurture the belief of self-love.
Let me know in the comments how you measure YOUR success - in whatever capacity - as a yoga teacher, parent, friend, boss, sibling, colleague, caregiver, etc.