When you start off with your yoga teacher training courses or workshops, there are some things every student must remember. Mutual respect is a crucial part of yoga, and you must respect your teacher and their feelings as much you want yours to be. While many will tell you that student must show dedication and diligence in their yogic endeavors, it is also important that each student does their bit in maintaining the decorum of the class and making it a more fulfilling experience, not just for themselves but the entire group. After all, yoga classes are group effort.
Avoid Comparisons: Yoga is never about comparison and we all perform differently depending on the different levels of our physical fitness. We believe that ‘Comparison is form of Subtle Violence’. While some are very flexible, some need adjustments to achieve the same result, and that is perfectly all right. If it is a class of twenty students, it is normal for many of them to perform differently and your teacher is perfectly comfortable with that possibility. Don’t push yourself too hard to emulate anyone, just give your total energy in the class and rest will follow.
Your Dedication Is What Matters: In the world of yoga, exterior appearance holds no value. So, your yoga teacher would have no issues with how and what you dress up as long as you wear something comfortable and are able to give your complete attention to the yogic practice. As the popular dictate in yoga says, “Let go off how you look, focus on how exactly you feel”. Indeed, for a teacher, the true fulfillment is when they see the growth of their students practice. However, many times your teacher can ask for you to wear shorts so that they can look at your muscles and joints and correct it accordingly.
Have Fun and Remain Motivated: In a typical yoga class, you will notice that some of the students are able to do a specific pose with ease compared to few others who might be struggling with it. This is because some bodies are more flexible than others, and for most, the flexibility is a gradual progression in the journey towards a better experience. All your teacher wants you to do is remain positively motivated and not compromise on the amount of motivation or the drive that you have in trying to give your best and get the most out of your yoga class. As a teacher, a student’s motivation is perhaps the best reward. A student’s enthusiasm, charm and dedication often inspires even the other students to follow suit and motivates the entire group to put on a more energetic show. Yoga is, after all, a group exercise and these type of students always manage to spread positive cheer. A teacher would treasure such students.
Complete the Entire Routine: Often, at the end of you session, people tend to skip Savasana or the resting pose, which is a crucial end to your entire yogic experience. Often you find students walking out before it gets over. It is both rude and bad for you. In case, you have to leave early someday; it is always better to take your teacher’s permission before the class starts.
It’s Ok to make mistakes: Last but not the least, an important aspect to remember, we all make mistakes. Your teacher will never be upset if you made mistakes, but once they show you the right way, the onus will be on you to remember and implement the adjustments they suggested.
All in all a yoga teacher expects your undivided attention, motivation and single point focus on your yoga practice. What you look like or how flexible you are, does not matter in the yogic world. What really matters is the actual transformational glimpses of being in the present moment that you experience.