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

Via Lindsey Lewis
on Jun 8, 2011
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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




About 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. Twitter http://twitter.com/lindsey_lewis and Facebook www.facebook.com/lindseyonline. Also, Libre Retreats on Twitter @libreretreats


9 Responses to “What are we Really Looking for? 10 Things People Want from a Yoga Teacher”

  1. Love this little blog, which greatly exceeds in profundity its unassuming dimensions.

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  2. ARCreated says:

    amen absolutely exactly!!!!!!!

  3. New title – 10 things people really want from life – we are all looking for these essentials each and every day. Bliss is finding them for a small moment and appreciating that moment for its beauty, simplicity and connection with self & others.

  4. Bob Weisenberg says:

    Just posted to "Featured Today" on the Elephant Yoga homepage.

  5. tanya lee markul says:

    Ah Lindsey, this is so nice! I think this is the essence of life – to find out who we are and how to be ourselves AND I think when the people around us are themselves, it opens up everything, the energetic exchange and the invitation for the other person(s) to be who they are. Also, when we are ourselves, I feel we are using our energy optimally and we also allow for energy to come in versus when we are not being who we truly are, it is very tiring. 🙂 🙂

    Thank you so much for this!

  6. Lindsey_Lewis says:

    thank you Bob, as always

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

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  8. Yogini5 says:

    You have it nailed.!!!

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

  9. melita says:

    beautifully said!!