I spent the weekend studying with my favorite yoga teacher, Tim Feldmann. While I learn so much from his depth of experience and wisdom in the practice, what I appreciate the most is his humble, kind, and genuine spirit. I always feel uplifted and enriched after working with him. He is truly a great teacher.
I believe good teachers selflessly pour into their students. They are fully present with us and see us as our best selves. They don’t bring their own agenda or expect their egos to be stroked. They display humility and reverence for their own teachers. Great teachers point us toward the path instead of saying, "I am the path." They instill faith in the method, giving us the courage to soldier on. We come away with a deeper appreciation and connection to the practice. We come away trusting that we, too, have what it takes.
If we have a teacher like that in our lives, let’s be grateful. Truly great teachers are hard to come by, and what a blessing they are! In fact, I recommend taking time before every practice to say a little prayer of gratitude for our teachers. It can help us summon the motivation to faithfully practice, and also infuse our time on the mat with an element of selflessness that may not have been there. Ashtanga yoga has a beautiful chant for that very purpose, but if that one doesn’t suit you, perhaps just bow your head and feel thankful in your heart.
Great teachers are gift from above, don’t you think?