This is a post for my fellow teachers out there. What's the most challenging aspect of being a yoga teacher and why?
I love talking about this topic because for a long time in my teachings I thought I had "graduated" from being a student. Although I still thought I'd always be a student of the practice I still found myself in a teacher mindset, always. Even when I checked out and danced into another studio, I found myself with my teacher's cap on and it was just a part of my subconscious. UNTIL, I was bogged down with a brutal case of jet lag and forced myself for 30 days straight to move my body in ways that scared me- ASHTANGA yoga! This was one way to dive deep into the unknown, something much more intense than I was used to, but I did it anyway. And in those 30 days, I became a wide-eyed and eager student all over again.
I reignited my yoga flame and was forced back into square one, the basics. Through that I realized how much more I loved being a sponge and learning new things. We called it my "yoga junkie" phase because I threw myself into anything new and everything so I could keep expanding and feeling that high of "wow, this is so different!"
I think now I know I will always need to spice up my practice, lessons, teachings, and experiences, hence my trainings in vinyasa, yin, hatha, aerial, sculpt, vin yin, hot, and power formats... I am determined to be a student forever and my greatest lesson as a teacher is that I first need to be madly in love with my experiences on the mat as a student.
What's your experience been like as a teacher?