Overview: Practice & Knowledge

In this section, we delve into these key points:

  1. To be an excellent teacher requires prioritizing personal practice and self-study.
  2. Remain a student: be curious and intent on improvement. Solicit feedback. Invite awareness of personal weaknesses and mistakes and enthusiastically embrace professional development.
  3. Excellent teaching requires a wide and deep knowledge base and skillful application of yoga teachings.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Be prepared to refer students to other experts for topics beyond your capabilities.