I try to never let myself forget that although I teach yoga to others I am, and will remain, a student myself. The constant circle of daily life takes up too much time sometimes and I find myself sacrificing precious yoga time. And it is precious. It is my own time on my own mat that helps to inform my teaching and without it I am nothing but a teacher-by-rote.
This is the lesson I learnt last year when I first started teaching. I struggled to put lesson plans together, not through lack of knowledge but lack of inspiration which I believe came from a disconnection to my own practice. My own thoughts and ideas were lost in study notes and books written by other people. And so I quit. Well, I took a break. I got back to my own practice, found my own thoughts and realised that, though informed by, they weren’t just a regurgitation of, other people’s.
And so I discovered the importance of self-study. Maybe not exactly the “Self-Study” to which Patanjali talks about in his Yoga Sutras, but a self-study that does nonetheless mean knowing when it’s time to step back and observe. If I am not inspired when working on my lesson plans how can I inspire others?!
I aspire to always be inspired especially when sharing my knowledge with other people. Otherwise it’s just information.