YTT Week 3 ~ Keep it simple
The theme of this third week of Yoga Teacher Training was SIMPLICITY.
As human beings, we tend to make things way more complicated than they need to be. And as yoga students, most of my fellow yogis and I seemed to be going that road this week, as we continued practice teaching and adjusting each other. Why? Because we are still in the left brain phase of integrating everything we've been taught in the last 3 weeks (and God knows it's a lot), rather than feeling our way through everything like our right brain would us love to, if we only let it...
The thread came back around when we discussed the qualities of a good yoga teacher: Integrity, Authenticity, Humility, Alignment, Practice, Humanity, Readiness and.... Simplicity (mind you, flexibility did not come up). When teaching, it's key to come from a place of connection for the students to relate to their teacher, rather than separate. Intention is everything. Teachers shouldn't come across as preachy but as genuine and true to him/herself, reminding the students how much yoga goes beyond our yoga mats and how we can all apply it throughout our every day life.
Finally, on a hot, construction-site loud kinda-afternoon, we were reminded how much a yogi has to learn how to DEAL, no matter how good or bad, peaceful or chaotic, planned or unexpected the situation is, a yogi has to keep it simple and deal with whatever life hands him with. Hence these powerful quotes that I recently came across. On that note, you know what to do!
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