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Aug 08
2015

 

 

Yoga teachers (and everybody else), I just wanted to remind you that you can’t please them all. Don’t fall over your own feet even trying. No matter if you teach a class that focuses on the emotion or expression of movement, weaves in philosophy or mindfulness meditations, or emphasises alignment and anatomy, because you see your students need it, there is always someone going to judge you for not offering what they want. You’re not structured, spiritual or flowing enough, or maybe you’re even too spiritual.

 

 

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This is just a reminder for you (and myself) that we’re all students.
And that we also have to remember to understand where the judgment is coming from. Does the person who gives you feedback have had a bad day or is working through their own story and passing it on to you? Give them love (because that’s ultimately what we all want) and say ‘thank you’.

 

Teaching is an art form and needs to be continuously refined.

 

As students (teachers are students too), we need to remember that the teacher who teaches us, expresses not everything of what they know, who they are or what they always teach. (Teachers also have good and bad days.) Give them a chance before you give them a stamp and put them into a box. And when you feel you’ve been put into a box, which can be quiet uncomfortable, remember your big WHY, your deep intentions that brought you to teaching. Remember that feedback is there to strengthen your bond and helps to focus on the refinement of your profession and is not there to make you smaller, or feel bad about yourself.

 

Know that you can’t please everyone. Teach from your own deep heart. Seek feedback, team up with other teachers, visit each others classes and share your insights.

 

In my years of being a high school education I learned a way of giving and receiving feedback, which I found non-threatening and incredibly helpful.

 

1. Seek feedback (or if somebody offers you feedback you may agree to it)
2. After your class you give a brief self-reflection first: What went well, what could I have done better, what can I improve on and so forth. (So you can digest and work on your self-reflective skills too)
3. Then the observing teacher gives specific feedback: 1. positive, 2. personal option of contrasts / or the not so positive 3. suggestions for improvement.

 

This is a simplified version of the process I learned, which you worked through with mutual respect and a healing, encouraging seal of confidentiality. Constructive feedback is gold worth, it will help us all to develop our skills, and be the best yoga teachers we can be. Never stop learning, growing, expanding and sharing. The world needs your message, your love, your light.

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