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What is yoga?

As part of my first assignment before my teacher training program begins, I have been asked to write an essay on what yoga is – without the use of books or other resources. I will post my response, or parts of it, once I actually write it. I think it’s an interesting question and was wondering if any of you readers wanted to share your thoughts? I promise- no plagiarism- this is a very subjective and personal subject matter.

-Eliza

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More to come on this- but I’d thought I’d let it be known that I’m completing my yoga teacher certification with YogaWorks’ Natasha Rizopoulos- ! Check her out at http://www.natasharizopoulos.com/. She has her own series of yoga instruction DVDs through Yoga Journal and everything- she must be the real deal.

-Eliza

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I’ve recently been thinking about the qualities people look for in a yoga instructor- what is the criteria for judgment?  Is it fair to judge at all? It’s been on my mind because I have been looking to enroll in my first teacher training program. One of the questions that appears often in training program applications is this particular one. My reply goes something like this:

“In my opinion I think a good yoga instructor epitomizes balance- in all areas of yoga practice as well as in life a good instructor should explore and test boundaries without overstepping them. An instructor should be knowledgeable without arrogance- she should be a good listener, optimistic and open to new ideas, dedicated to her ambitions, dedicated to help others reach their own ambitions, and importantly, patient with herself and with others.”

Off-line, I would add another quality: a good personality. Now while I won’t mention this in my application, in my opinion it is a very important aspect of any instructor. The reason I left it out is because personality compatibility is so subjective. However, that being said, captain obvious would point out that your relationship with your instructor is like any other relationship, it’s interpersonal. So more often than not, the appeal of an instructor rests on his/her personality. Not only because you inevitably relate to this person off the mat but also because the class itself will be a reflection of the instructor. To add to this, I also find that I enjoy class more if the teacher shows a bit of personality. I find that I like the instructor more if she is personable, casual and conversational throughout class- rather than a dictator poses and prose.

-Eliza

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