In this section, we delve into these key points:
- To be an excellent teacher requires prioritizing personal practice and self-study.
- Remain a student: be curious and intent on improvement. Solicit feedback. Invite awareness of personal weaknesses and mistakes and enthusiastically embrace professional development.
- Excellent teaching requires a wide and deep knowledge base and skillful application of yoga teachings.
- Be clear about the difference between “naive practice” (a form of repetition) and “purposeful” or “deliberate” teaching practice, which specifically builds on strengths and improves weaknesses.
- 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.