“Guru Brahma, Guru Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwaraha.
Guru Sakshat Param Brahma, Tasmai Sri Guru Namaha.”
Guru is the trinity of God- Brahma the creator, Vishnu the sustainer and Maheshwara the destroyer. Guru is a perceptible supreme god. Thus, we shall salute our guru.
Yoga is not a workout. It is a work in. It is a spiritual practice to open the heart and expand awareness. Therefore, deep guidance and practice are involved to learn the ethics of yoga. A yoga school is where you get to meet and connect with varied types of teachers. You attend classes on different subjects throughout the day. In some classes, you instantly connect while some are a little off-road. What exactly makes a difference, the teacher?
Well! To be honest there is no particular set of qualities which make a good yoga teacher. For us, a good yoga teacher teaches not to control the body but its opposite, freedom. A practice which brings freedom to the body from all worldly desires. What makes it possible? A conscious yogic journey? Yes, the foundation of being a good yoga teacher is being a good yoga student. After all, from the act of observation in which attention awakened, arises the art of teaching yoga.
5 Qualities of a Good Yoga Teacher
The teaching approaches may differ from person to person but here are some of the qualities that our yoga instructors of Adhiroha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh possess and the same we cultivate in our students to be mindful of as well.
A yoga teacher affects eternity. He/She could never tell when and where their influence stops. Hence, yoga teachers need to be true to their form of yoga. Their learning of yoga should be connected to the thread of the Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Yajnavalkya, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika and other important texts which maintains the authenticity of teaching. Alongside, a good yoga teacher should live his/her life in such a way that every one of his/her actions is aligned with their real purpose. Truly incorporating all 8 limbs of yoga into life.
Imagine being a part of a group yoga class where the teacher’s attention is dispersed to a few students. How would you feel? Neglected, right. It will affect your natural curiosity and comfort in the classroom. A proficient yoga teacher should hold the ability to impact the practice of each student. He/She should honour student individuality while still striving for the yoga performance a teacher is interested in. A power to touch the hearts of all the learners.
A class is a bag of mixed students. Few of them are fast learners while few take time to process. Patience is a quality that every good teacher at Adhiroha Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh possesses. This allows students to rely on teachings consistently. Being a yoga teacher you cannot expect all students to pick things at the same time. Patience and persistence is the only solution to it. A yoga teacher is always prepared to answer the same queries over and over again. It develops the qualities of being humble and easily approachable.
Passion is a fire which always leads one to take keep moving. Without passion, one could easily slump from hours of teaching and practice. All yoga teachers should have a deep conscious to help people heal and grow. They should impart all their knowledge to students. Verse 18.78 of Bhagwat Gita says that where there is a qualified mentor and a sincere student, success is guaranteed.
Learning from the ‘Arjun’s bird-eye test’ a fine yoga teacher should guide the students to defy all the distractions in their path and focus on that one ultimate goal of finding balance. The teacher should throw challenges which will further help the students to understand the true principles of yoga. Also, a class should be democratic. All students should be given a chance to explore and share their insights. Such practice empowers the learners.
A good yoga teacher impacts a student’s practice and learning in many ways. A self-realized soul can impart knowledge unto you because he/she has seen the truth.
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