Day 5 – Qualities of a Yoga Teacher – Thirty Day Personal Challenge

“Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do, but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.”  ~Khalil Gibran

Quality #5:  Generosity

In pursuing my thirty day personal challenge to bring greater clarity to the practice of yoga, I find that I am ruminating more throughout the day to bring into language the essence of a good, or dare I say, great, yoga teacher.

As I pondered the thought today, I realized that yoga teachers are generous.  They are generous with their time.  Where, but in a yoga class can the participants be instructed in depth about their bodies while practicing and working on their fitness for two hours at a stretch?  Yoga classes tend to run longer and are full of wonderful life-lessons, philosophical ideals and gentle spirits.

Most yoga teachers will still work full-time jobs outside of their teaching.  Yoga teachers do not teach to become rich but to share their knowledge with others.  They give of themselves in a full way by being present before, during and after class and require very little in return.

Yoga teachers are usually generous by nature and practice “non-grasping” as a way of living the true path of yoga.  While mainstream fitness gurus focus on the outward appearance of the body, and competitively “going for the gusto, “yoga teachers look deeply inside the hearts of their students and gently, generously, offer the light of yoga to guide their students safely.

Have you met someone in your life before who showed you great generosity; perhaps parting with something they valued to help you?

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