Let’s set aside, for a minute, any talk — and I know there’s always tons of it — about the good, bad or otherwise of Yoga Journal.
Instead, just check out this list of eight qualities one needs to be a good yoga teacher, which pretty well-known yoga teacher Amy Ippoliti posted on Monday:
- Identify as a student of yoga in all areas of your life—not just on the mat?
- Embrace an attitude of being continually open to learning and being able to admit when you don’t know something?
- Possess a fundamental understanding of your own energy and a sensitivity to other people’s boundaries?
- Have a daily practice?
- Work to cultivate a vibrant body, sharp mind, and soft heart?
- Consider yourself psychologically minded with a certain level of emotional stability?
- Have a spiritual practice, even if that’s simply an appreciation of nature, art, or anything beautiful?
- Not worry about being too physically adept at the practice?
I think it fair to say that at least No. 8 probably would raise a lot of Ashtanga eyebrows (if you don’t know how to do that, it’s OK — that’s a Fifth Series pose). And No. 4 is pretty much a no-brainer.
But what about the others? Do they fit for a good Ashtanga teacher? Is No. 7 enough? (Is it even necessary — this is a topic I’m currently rooting through.)
How about No. 2? I’d say — from my experience — that there’s a bit of a weakness among yoga teachers, and Ashtanga ones in particular, when it comes to admitting a lack of knowledge. (It’s also probably a weakness, in general, among relatively inexperienced teachers of any sort.) But I suspect that some residual of the strong “You do” personality of Pattabhi Jois may be at play here.
Are there “Do yous” that are missing?
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