“True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.”  ~Henry Miller

Quality 7:  Strong

Yoga teachers must be strong; strong physically, strong in belief, and strong in character.  Yoga teachers must be able to crack the deeper parts of each progressively more difficult pose in order to share the nuggets with their students.

Here I am with one of my teachers doing AcroYoga:


While a lot of fun, this pose is actually challenging because both the base and flyer must balance and hug in muscularly (a lot) to keep the balance when the flyer takes her hands back.  Yoga teachers often perform handstands, backbends, forearm balances and many other arm balances that require a great deal of strength.

Yoga teachers must be strong in believing both in their students and in themselves.  Yoga teachers act on their beliefs whenever they show confidence in their students by encouraging them to move outside of their comfort zones and into challenging areas.  Their belief stems from a sure knowledge of their own abilities to intuitively know when their students are ready to progress.

Yoga teachers are also strong in character.  They believe in yoga and the benefits that the practice brings.  They strive to bring positivity and encouragement to their students, and they do their best to set a good example for others to follow.

Do you know any strong people in your life who have given you strength to achieve more than you thought possible?