Teach What You Know: Practice & Knowledge

  • Teach only what you know and have embodied. Do not teach what you don’t know, and that which you are in the process of learning.
  • Be prepared to refer students to other experts for topics beyond your capabilities.

To Thine Own Self Be True

Be keen on teaching what you know and not what you don’t know – or put differently, to thine own self be true in all ways, and then extend that value to your students… Don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. Also, be passionate about yoga yet equally at peace with where you are in this moment. If you’re passionate about it and devote yourself to practicing and studying, you can be a wonderful teacher. – Mark Stephens

Things in the “Study Department,” Not the “Teaching Department”

Don’t teach things you feel insecure or uncertain about, even if you think you’re “supposed to.” I like to call what I don’t know my “exciting gaps” and keep those things firmly in my study department and out of my teaching department. There’s no shame in not knowing something well enough to teach it yet. In acknowledging it, we remain humble students AND strong teachers by sharing only from the wealth that we thoroughly comprehend. – Gina Caputo

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