Day 9 – Qualities of a Yoga Teacher – Thirty Day Personal Challenge

Quality #9: Goal-Oriented

I know that many yoga students and teachers may question that I would put “goal-oriented” as a quality necessary for a good yoga teacher because yoga at its most basic is a practice in non-grasping.  Yoga teaches us to let go of many things that hold us back from our true selves and from the beauty that lives within us.  Being goal-oriented would seem to be odds with the path of non-grasping.

But I would argue that being goal-oriented abounds even when we are letting go, in fact is completely intertwined within the whole process. Letting go of a selfish desire is a goal.  Allowing ourselves to be who we are at our most basic, is a goal.  Being true to our intentions is a goal.  Yoga does not exist without goals.  If we have no goals, then practice becomes meaningless.  The challenge lies in setting the right goals that spur us toward positivity and onward within the path of yoga.

Yoga teachers should be goal-oriented in ways that enhance their students’ experiences.  Their goals should reflect a desire to be nurturing, helpful and useful to their students and to their own yoga practice.

Would you agree that even in letting go, we still have goals?

Somehow, the reply box vanished in the middle of my comment…it’s Monday…My point was that the growth-oriented goals that you were speaking of, such as that which leads to positivity and progress within yoga, are more cyclical than linear in the nature of their achievement. What I feel happens, when a person is allowing themselves to become part of the bigger process of Practice, is that little, spinning energy clusters begin to work within our mind/body/heart synergy. (They spin like the chakras spin at the 7 points along the center of the body.) These little energy centers that we create with our choices to move in a positive direction become stronger and more energized with our devotion to Practice and our repetitions of positive Intentions at the beginning of our Practice sessions. Ultimately, I feel that these little energy clusters feed into and become part of and eventually raise the entire chakra system in our bodies to higher, brighter levels of existence.

Personally, I like to hold at the center of my focus the image of the spinning wheel to illustrate how the merest touch along the edge of a wheel that is spinning can generate incredible energy at its center. When we look at ourselves and our life’s journey in this fashion, it becomes abundantly clear that we are not walking a line from point a to point b, but rather constantly exploring the non-dimensional, limitless boundaries of our Inner Selves…

Love your blogs, Susie and your article at Yoga U!
Margie H

Margie – you have been on my mind for the last few weeks…I am so glad you stopped by the blog and shared your unique perspective. Your views are a breath of fresh air and we sorely miss you in class 🙂 I can’t wait until you are able to join us again.

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