Yoga teachers: When you share the practice, use the fullness of your heart.
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Whether your style is Vinyasa, Yin, Kundalini, Restorative, Ashtanga or Iyengar, share it from the deepest wisdom that you have available. Bring yoga to life, each and every class, not only with your front brain, alignment/sequencing/energetic mind, but also your heart that has loved and lost and is still trying to figure it all out... Show your vulnerability and absolute compassion for those beings in front of you.
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And I know, it's easy to fall back on familiar words, cues, sequences, metaphors, blessings, beginnings and endings. But try to bring your most authentic awareness of yoga and life into every class that you offer. You can still be consistent without going on autopilot.
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I suspect many of you are thinking, "but Peter, dude, I ALREADY do that!" ...to which I would say: Maybe! Just flip the script a little. Because if you teach yoga often--5, 10, 15, 20 times a week, I suspect you get into habits of speech in your classes. It's hard NOT to when we share the practice full time. It can become sort of wrote, and kind of stale.
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So recently I have been trying to dig a little deeper into my "well." I've been hunting for words that feel absolutely alive and authentic and uniquely ME in that very moment. The wisdom has been passed along from my teachers and their teachers, but I'm trying to keep my voice and unique perspective and feelings alive in the room. I'm trying to share the potency of the practice in that very moment I am sharing it--with words that are breathing and seething, right there.
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It's a practice of course. And sometimes I'm not inspired or clear, and I do have words available that are always accessible and fit just right. But I'm trying to make it all just a smidge more alive. Remember that our job and work as students, practitioners and teachers of yoga is to keep refining our craft--to keep studying life THROUGH the lens of yoga. To keep going. Keep digging through the story and words and find our truthful voice. So give it a go, and shake it all up, would ya?

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