Tip #1: Recognize that all teachers have knowledge to offer you.
Some yoga practitioners place too much emphasis on their yoga instructor. Positive studio sessions should not be based on any particular teacher, but in the teachings. Because all instructors have information and guidance to present to their students. A yogic experience reflects upon each individual’s willingness to learn, a positive attitude, and an open mind. If a favorite instructor is not present one day, stay for class. You may be missing out on important lessons if you do not give others the opportunity to educate you with their knowledge.
Tip #2: Honor the role of the instructor.
For centuries in the yogic culture, yoga instructors have been regarded as the most influential person in one’s life. This may not be the case within modern belief systems, but yogi must understand the importance of this role. A teacher dedicates his or her life to shaping the lives of others. The personality of yoga teacher is of no importance; the lessons taught are. By respecting yoga instructors, yogis show regard for this ancient practice and its significance.
Tip #3: The perception of the yoga teacher mirrors the student.
We have been educated on the mindset that our own insecurities become evident in the way we judge others, but few have applied this knowledge to their yogic experiences. When issuing harsh criticism to an instructor, we are actually applying our own characteristics to the familiar public figure. This can occur in a positive or negative light, but may harm the spiritual experience nonetheless. Your inner traits are far more important than those of your teacher. By focusing on the strengths and weaknesses of a yoga instructor, you may be able to examine your own existence through the thought process. The negative thought process becomes beneficial only when a yogi understands this mindset.
Tip #4: Advance your abilities and you will be taught an advanced level of yoga.
Many yogi believe that they must find a yoga instructor that teaches advanced asanas, pranayama, meditation, and spiritual teachings in order for them to master yoga. This is simply not so. In order to prepare yourself for higher levels of teachings, you must perform a higher level of skill. Although this advice may seem to contradict other aspects of life, it applies in the yogic world. An eager yogi will arrive to all classes on time, and be present for as many sessions as possible. The teacher need not wait on the student, but the student must wait for an appropriate teacher for their spiritual and skill level.
Tip #5: Understand that a teacher must be present for a student to recognize their own teacher within.
Each yogi directs their own mind and body. Although a yoga instructor may provide some assistance, yoga is a tool that allows a person to be in total control of their senses, and experience the ultimate consciousness. Your physical movements, the path of your mind, and the awareness of your soul are manipulated by the self. By understanding this basic concept, yogi can grasp a better understanding of this ancient practice.