“If we profess to be teaching Yoga, which is a science and art of living, we must practice that way of living ourselves. If we wish only to teach poses or postures, it would be better to call what we do by a name other than Yoga.” – Donna Farhi, author Bringing Yoga to Life
What I always respect about Donna Farhi is she always says things straight up. She is unafraid to speak the truth knowing many in the yoga community aren’t ready to hear it.
My initiation into teaching yoga was really through the portal of healing. I did not desire to teach yoga to achieve “namastardom” and a million likes and follows on social media by showing off my poses. I am NOT a teacher of poses. I am from the beginning, an Inspiration Leader and spiritual midwife utilizing the full legacy of Yoga (which has always been more than poses) to help you transform from the inside out.
If you are choosing to teach ONLY poses (asana) then you aren’t teaching Yoga.
You are not a Yoga Teacher.
Find another name to call what you do but it’s not Yoga.
You can be a “maestro of stretch” that’s cool but in order to be a Yoga Teacher with respect and honor to this ancient tradition then do the following:
- Practice Yoga
— 24 hours a day, every day, ALL of Yoga, for a sustained period of time with dedication and honesty.
- Study and teach the all encompassing practice by sharing with your students all Eight Limbs of Yoga. Yama (attitudes toward our environment), Niyama (attitudes toward ourselves), Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (management and expansion of the breath), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (complete integration).
Today in @alchemyofyoga Online Yoga Teacher Training we are studying the History of Yoga and delving into the Yoga Sutras all this week. Let me know in comments if you want me to do another public round of Yoga Sutras Jam for you.
And if you want to actually learn all of Yoga sign up for my #onlineyogateachertraining May 18-June 30 with lifetime access and a year to complete your certification with never ending mentoring.
BTW when you see the white centered yoga world cherry pick only the poses because they are trendy this is Cultural Appropriation plain and simple.
You can do better than that. I know you can.