three things yoga students taught their teacherby Bernie Isacovici January 21, 2015 0 comments
Over the last year I have been fortunate to teach yoga in many settings and to a very diverse population. I expected as a yoga teacher to give everything in my heart to my students and guide them in their journeys. I never expected the things I would lean from them and here are the top 3 things learned from my yoga students over the last year:
1. Students enjoy getting lost in their practice. Yoga allows people to drift into a state of contentment within the physical postures and away from the pressures and preoccupations of everyday life. As a teacher I observe this in amazement as my students flow through their practice in a state of bliss. Instead of being picky about alignment in poses (I do watch for misalignments that need correction,) but I respect and allow freedom in my classes.
2. You never know how a particular class will affect a particular person, and as a teacher I’ve had to be open to that. I taught a class focusing on the throat chakra or energy center. It was a class focusing on opening the heart and letting go. A particular student came up to me a week later and told me that she had survived throat cancer. She continued to tell me that after that class a persistent cough she struggled with subsided. I do not pretend to be a healer and my classes are not designed to treat any condition. I have learned that the practice of yoga is a healing practice. Although yoga has healed me personally, it is different when you lead the class.
3. What I say as a teacher in a class is reflected back to me as a student. During a particular class, I asked my students to look for beauty even in the worst of circumstances. Rather than thinking of the snow you have to shovel, think of the beauty of snow on the tree tops. A student came up to me after class and told me that he had just lost his wife to cancer and my class got him through there week. As a teacher I have learned to be receptive and compassionate.
These are just three of many things I have learned as a yoga teacher over the last year. Now my journey continues. Whether you are teaching yoga or talking to a stranger, the top lesson for me has been, always be kind. One never knows what another human is experiencing, and being kind may just be what helps an individual cope.