Grow Like a Tree! Qualities of Yoga Teachers: Thirty Day Personal Challenge

“Elves are like trees, grounded and focused from the trunk down but graceful and agile on top.”  ~Orlando Bloom

Quality 28:  Grounded

Good yoga teachers are well-grounded in their teachings, in their business, in their lives.  They have a good grasp of reality with a healthy dose of positivity and imagination.  They walk a fine line between being a demanding authoritarian who calls forth the best effort of their students and a floating leaf in the wind who brings a sense of mystery and magic to the practice.

Good yoga teachers are like trees.  They root down in their practice and in their seat of teacher as a steady constant.  Their grounding represents the strong and stable earth element that brings safety and strength to their students. At the same time, they must sway with the element of wind while remaining grounded.  The wind through their branches can bring a new twist to an otherwise dull sequence. Their ability to sway and change with the wind while remaining grounded brings a special blend of fun and inspiration in a safe and nurturing way.

Truly great yoga teachers must be well-grounded to remain humble.  Great yoga teachers are humans just as we all are, and they make mistakes.  A great yoga teacher, however, will stay grounded in reality and will give more than they receive.  They will apologize when wrong.  They will respect their students and take seriously the importance of their role as teacher.  Great yoga teachers will also keep close friends who will help them to remain in balance – growing like a tree that is strong, stable, grounded and rooted, yet whimsical enough to bend with the blowing wind.

As I build my practice and my studio, I often reflect on the many paths that may lead me to a wrong destination.  My fervent wish and prayer has always been, and always will be, to remain humble and well-grounded for my students.  I believe the rest of the business will come if I only remain grounded in the reality of who I truly am.

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