I just got back from an Advanced studies course with my teacher, continuing on my path of diving deeper into the practices of Yoga and am returning now back to my own students with new insights and inspiration to share with them.
A Yoga retreat is just a perfect way to focus on one’s own practice and have some focused growth time. Apart from healthy food, lots of deep meditation, chanting and pranayama and a strong asana practice alongside interesting lectures, I got to enjoy delicious food and the beautiful tropical surroundings.
But one of the best aspects of attending a Yoga retreat is the people I meet there: Aren't Yogis just a great bunch of people?
All of us with the common interest and strong dedication to study Yoga and apply it to our lives, to work on our own awareness on and off the mat and - as most are teaching as well - to inspire others to live with more awareness.
We are coming from completely different walks of life and all have our unique way of applying and sharing our experiences. Yet we are open-minded and so welcoming to different perspectives.
I keep thinking about all the potential for networking, for collaboration and mutual empowerment. Yet I also see a lot of competitive thinking going on in many Yoga teachers once they are back at home - competitive thinking that is based on the fear of not having enough (students, income, fame) or not being good enough to make it „on the market“.
Nothing good can come out of us in terms of teaching if we try to be as good as somebody else, if we try to copy others and wish others less success.
Once we start seeing our own power and start basing our teachings on our unique strengths, skills, talents and passion; once we are aware of our own full potential, appreciate ourselves and confidently use this potential to take action and serve our students; only then will we teach freely and avoid wasting time watching those we perceive as competition.
We all want to succeed and share the benefits of Yoga practices. Let’s embrace the opportunities of working together and inspire each other.
I myself learnt the power of collaboration and networking on my path as a Yoga teacher, and wouldn’t be where I am today without the help and support of so many fellow Yogis. That’s why sharing ideas, giving advice, creating community and supporting each other are now part of all my programs - coaching Yoga teachers as well as teaching Yoga - and I encourage you to explore the power of this for yourself.
Photo: Sandra DB