10 reasons why I love my yoga teacher.

Via Mid Walsh
on Aug 30, 2011
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Last week I attended a week-long yoga retreat with Patricia Walden.  

Now, in the glow of my return, I’m pondering the qualities that draw me back week after week to this special teacher.

Here’s the countdown of my reasons.   You know what’s curious about it? The more I practice yoga…
…the more I’m attracted by the items deeper down the list,
…the more sharply I discriminate how far down the list a teacher’s gifts extend, and
…the more grateful I am for the teacher who traverses the list and can dwell in the deeper numbers.

I’m wondering, dear reader, if you have such a list…or if you think your students do.

10. I know where she’s teaching; she shows up on time.

9.  I feel better after her class than before.

8. I learn more about the physical poses in every class.

7.  I often discover new emotional and spiritual dimensions of the poses in her class.

6. She remembers my name.

5. She shows me how to adapt poses to my limitations.

4. She draws my attention to my progress, challenges, and innate strengths.

3. She uses the yoga teacher’s tools with skill and respect:  voice, body language, and touch.

2. Although she’s not perfect, she deeply exemplifies personal qualities I aspire to.

1. In her classes I have felt a resonance and waking up…when I experience her attitude toward her students, her practice, her own teacher… of my own feelings toward the divine.


About Mid Walsh

Mid Walsh is a yoga teacher, poet, sculler, educational publishing professional, and co-owner of Dancing Crow Yoga. He lives with his wife and their enchanted cat Carmen in a house near the ocean in Massachusetts.


10 Responses to “10 reasons why I love my yoga teacher.”

  1. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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

  2. Jennifer says:

    Beautifully said.

  3. midwalsh says:

    I'm so glad you like it, Jennifer!

  4. Keren says:

    That's lovely. I especially like #2 where you acknowledge her humanity 🙂

  5. Narayan says:

    Peentz dubble.?

  6. midwalsh says:

    Indeed. Peentz also makes the gauge jump right off my chart. If she were still teaching in Cambridge, I'd be there every week..

  7. Tanya Lee Markul says:

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

  8. warriorsaint says:

    You have found your mentor.

  9. elephantjournal says:

    via FB:
    Lieschen Gargano those are the things that keep me going back to my favorite teachers, and I agree, the longer I go, the more important the things further down the list

  10. calhy says:

    very good article, short, sweet, to the point.I am going to repost this. Thanks