Dear Self: You Have My Permission to Suck. ~ Emily Taggart

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on Dec 1, 2010
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Letter to a Yoga Teacher.

Dear Emily,

Congratulations on almost finishing up your very first yoga teacher-training! It’s been so amazing going through this with you. I have gotten to know you so well, even better than I thought possible. There are things we’ll take, there are things we’ll leave. I’ve cried, laughed, and cussed with you. It’s been intense. It’s been real.

I just wanted to touch base with you about some things. I know you always say, “Let go of any expectations you have for your practice,” so I wanted to remind you to let go of yours, too. I give you full permission, as a yoga teacher, to do the following:

● suck;

● not take yourself so seriously;

● throw out the script;

● get lost and recover;

● learn equally from when you’re on and when you’re off;

● be inspired by, but not sound like your teacher;

● take risks;

● be yourself.

Lighten up, girl, it’s just yoga! The worst that could happen is you run out of time, lose your place, drop an eff bomb, or accidentally hold your students in Chair Pose for five minutes while you talk too much.

Remember, love, that just as when you are a student and your practice is not about finding the perfect pose—when you are a teacher, it is not about teaching the perfect class. Just show up as yourself for your students and do your best for them.

I believe in you, beautiful.


Yourself, the yoga teacher

P.S. Let me know when you find a place to teach—I’ll be there for you at every single class! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Emily Taggart is currently completing her very first 200-hour teacher training program in Sacramento, California. She collects thoughts on yay, moments here, and tweets as yaynamaste. She loves facilitating or immersing herself and others in experiences when she’s at work in the performing arts, at home in her historic neighborhood, or living it up in Sacramento’s vibrant, creative yoga community.


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11 Responses to “Dear Self: You Have My Permission to Suck. ~ Emily Taggart”

  1. […] a TUI, teaching under the influence), I had a come to Jesus discussion with myself about teaching. I wrote myself a letter, giving me permission to be […]

  2. Brandi says:

    love this! i'm a teacher for children with autism… and it is so applicable in my world of teaching as well. thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  3. mletag says:

    You are so welcome! Thanks for your kind comment and for dedicating the work you do to children with autism! xoxo

  4. Laura says:

    Simply put and simply beautiful. We ALL need this reminder!

  5. […] From that moment onward I knew that yoga was something I wanted to grow within me and carry with me every second of every day. I was not quite sure how to do this, so I set forth with the intention of dedicating time and energy to taking more yoga classes. By the Spring of 2010 I was 110% ready to take a leap and do a yoga teacher’s training. […]

  6. mletag says:

    You are so welcome!

  7. […] (Yoga teachers, I know we have all done this. Remember how I wrote myself a letter giving myself permission to suck?) […]

  8. yoga girl says:

    Amazing!!! Thank you for the reminder! Sounds like Zuda!?!?! 😉

  9. Amy says:

    Thankyou! Just had an off day type class…funky funky funky flow….we were falling apart….thank you for permission to have an off day. Peace 🙂

  10. Bharati says:

    Just finished my 200 hour training a few weeks ago & this so resonates with me!! Thanks for sharing!