Yoga Teachers: On Comparing

by Tomasz Goetel

It isn’t helpful to judge whether someone is a better or worse yoga teacher than you. Usually, you’d get it wrong—and that does not help the process of your improvement.

Assume that other teachers are the same as you and connect with them. Then, something interesting happens: you begin to grow, without judgment.

It is important to consider our own work objectively and to learn from other yoga teachers. The devil is in the details. Even an excellent teacher would have some weak points, but she or he will be aware of what those are.

At the time when we are teaching a yoga class, we should be aware of both our strong points and our weaknesses. Both in general thinking about our teaching as well as during the live class, if we aren’t conscious of our own weaknesses, we stop growing as teachers. Furthermore, we should be able to pay attention to detail in other teachers’ teaching, even those less skilled than us. That’s because even an “inferior” or “junior” teacher will have some good points in their work. Learning from other teachers in that way will help us become more effective.

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