"I hate my yoga teacher.
Anyone could be that skinny if all they had to do all day was workout and shop at Whole Foods.
...Why did I spend an extra $15 to listen to some immature twenty-something
tell me about the meaning of life?"
People by nature don't like been told what to do, especially adults. Combine been told what to do, when you're already struggling with postures and breathing just makes it that much harder. It can turn people from being sensible, logical and calm into over opinionated, angry and irrational human beings. As a teacher we are all accustomed to it and there's nothing else we can do about it other than give you the space and time to work it out and hopefully let it all go.
A good teacher will always teach the right way, and correct you even if you don't want it. We're there to offer help and guidance even if you don't think you need it. We create a safe space and environment for you to try new things, fix your broken body and heal your mind. Our time isn't just the time we spend in the room, but also before class getting the studio ready, been there when students come in, and spending time afterwards answering questions and cleaning up the studio. A Bikram class lasts 90 mins, a teacher is usually there for 2.5 - 3 hours for each class. We don't do it because it pays well, but because we love our jobs and it's our passion. Personally after all the benefits I've received as a practitioner, I just wanted to share it with the whole world and what better way than to help others realise that too!
"As I left the studio at 9 pm,
my yoga teacher was walking into the laundry room to finish washing and folding towels.
Her class ended an hour ago…"
The satisfaction seeing bodies change in the room or seeing a students eyes light up when they did something they previously thought impossible, that makes each class and day worth it no matter how tired we are. In Japan the teachers thank their students when class is over for their hard work and time they've put in because a good teacher knows it's not about ourselves, rather it's all about the students. We don't need to advertise or glorify ourselves and what we do because it's about giving rather than taking. Who knows, one day your thought might just change...
"And I forgot to mention: I love my yoga teacher."