Quality 17: Invested
Good yoga teachers are invested in their students by being committed to their students’ success. Being invested means that they care about each and every student.
On a personal level, I have had the good fortune of encountering several people in my lifetime who I felt were invested in me, most recently, my current landlord for the studio.
How do I know that he is invested in me? Because I feel it. When I talk to him, he listens. When I mention a problem or have a request, he responds – quickly. He asks about my business. He stops in occasionally to talk. He truly seems to care about my success and about me as a person.
In addition, I have a current boss at my part-time job who also radiates warmth and caring. I know that she is invested in my success. How do I know? She invests her time in my success. She inquires about my day. She asks if I need anything and is responsive when I do. She takes time out of her day to assist me and thanks me – consistently.
So how do you recognize a good yoga teacher who is invested in you?
#1. They take the time to talk to you on a personal level.
#2. They ask about your comfort/if you need anything to be able to perform better – an adjustment, a prop, a rest?
#3. They radiate care and warmth toward every student.
#4. They appreciate you.
Good yoga teachers are invested in their students. When you succeed, they succeed.