When students come here to study, they have usually worked with many different teachers and styles. For some students, what we teach aligns what they have learned into a central channel of wisdom that they use for their personal and professional benefit. For others, what we teach challenges everything they know.
The traditional versus modern way of working with a teacher
As I was learning to practice and teach Yoga, I followed the more traditional approach (it’s my preferred way to teach, too). I first studied with Betty Eiler, who showed me grace and commitment in her practice, teaching and all of life. Richard Freeman showed me the beauty of teaching, the philosophy and how to breathe. And finally, Sandra Kozak, who challenged everything I thought I knew and showed me how much more there was to Yoga and life. I am grateful for the teachings that I received and for the ability to concentrate my studentship and go deeper, faster.
As you are searching for new ways to expand your understanding of the depths of Yoga, do it with consciousness. Rather than moving from one style or teacher to the next, focus your attention on someone whose teaching makes your heart soar. Stick with that person long enough, and the teachings will bear fruit in your life.
A one-pointed Yoga practice
As you focus your practice, you will also calm vata dosha, which is aggravated by movement in body and mind. When your attention is scattered among multiple teachers and modes of practice, your grasp on Yoga is groundless. But when you are clear about how and with whom you want to experience these powerful teachings, you build a strong foundation. When vata is calm and you have clarity, it is much easier to experience the connection to the divine within and around you.
The power of the spoken word
How to choose a teacher
Whether you commit to this course of study with me or with another teacher, I bet that you will find it much more rewarding to focus on one course of studentship, rather than jumping from one place to the next. The joy of Yoga and Ayurveda is in the depth of the teachings. Stop scratching the surface and you will dig a well deeper than you thought possible.