“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”  ~Leo Buscaglia

Quality 18:  Kind

When we think of someone in our life who is kind, we probably do not have grand visions of receiving large sums of money or accolades.  More than likely, we think of those small acts – a warm embrace at a difficult time in our lives, a small token of affection.  The small things done with kindness create permanent memories upon our minds and hearts.  Good yoga teachers are cognizant of their special duties in creating lasting impressions upon their students.

Good yoga teachers emanate kindness from a well of gratitude for being given the opportunity to show kindness to their students on a daily basis.  As teachers, they realize that their students are moldable and pliable and through kindness and quality instruction.  Only through kind instruction will their students reach greater heights of practice and self-improvement.  Kindness cannot be separated from quality instruction.

When we receive instruction from others, they become a part of our mind because we remember our instructors each time we perform the act.  As students we must carefully choose those who will become etched upon our minds.  We must actively seek out kind teachers who truly care about us.

I still remember my sixth grade teacher as the person who instilled my first bit of self-confidence.  She was the kindest woman I have ever met.  She believed in me so strongly and proved her belief in me through kind acts.  She gave me opportunities to be challenged and then cheered me onward.  She made me feel very special.  She will be forever stamped upon my mind as a true example of what a “teacher” should be.

Have you ever had a kind teacher?  How do you remember them?