June 8, 2011

What are we Really Looking for? 10 Things People Want from a Yoga Teacher

Why do we go to yoga class? Why do we really like certain teachers? When I first started teaching, I thought about this a lot. I wondered what I could do to boost class sizes, make people happy, and feel like I was making a difference.

I tried lots of different things. None of them worked.

Except, finally, one thing: Being myself. When I started to practice radical self-acceptance, loving-kindness and consciously letting my light shine–that’s when I started making the biggest difference. That’s when people began to feel touched.

And I realized that it’s not the music, the asanas, the messaging, or the creativity of my flow. That all helps.

What people are really coming for is to feel loved.

So here’s my new list:

10 Things People Want from a Yoga Teacher

1. To be touched–physically

2. To be touched–emotionally

3. To be listened to

4. To feel heard

5. To feel accepted

6. To feel lighter

7. To be hugged

8. To be smiled at

9. To feel understood

10. To be loved

It begins with us–with you and me. And whether we are officially teachers or not, we can do this for other people. It beings with doing it for ourselves. And then that one drop radiates out into the ocean.

I love this quote:

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” ~Mother Teresa



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melita Jun 11, 2011 10:06pm

beautifully said!!

Yogini5 Jun 11, 2011 9:36am

You have it nailed.!!!

Like with everything of its nature, so simple but never easy to implement.

Bob Weisenberg Jun 10, 2011 7:24am

Just posted to "Popular Lately" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

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Lindsey Lewis

I’m a yoga teacher, life coach in-training, retreat host, business woman, and entrepreneur. I write, I paint, I draw, I dance. I get outside every day. I challenge myself. I meditate. Riding my cruiser bike along the seawall rocks my world. Being of service is essential. I’m committed to helping the world find their freedom. I believe in love. I believe in the human capacity to evolve, to grow, and to make the world a better place—even if it’s simply through our re-vitalized presence. Let’s connect! I’m at Libre Living.
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