I hold teaching to be a great pleasure and privilege. How I lucked into this profession has got to be by grace. I was a 35 year old, wondering what I would be when I grew up, and then I stumbled into a yoga teachers’ training.
Grace was there when I was able to apprentice with a very experienced teacher for several years. Afterwards, I flailed around for a while, attempting to find my own voice. And then, miraculously, more grace let me open a yoga school.
Now, I’ve landed in my dream of living in the country and teaching yoga. What incredible good fortune to walk out of the house just a few steps into our yoga studio. I’ve been teaching there long enough so that it feels like a place that calls to you to do practice and then you will reap the benefits.
I didn’t predict it, but a great benefit of having our paradisiacal life is that I get to share it with my Sydney students, as I’ve done over the last few days. Removed from the city, it’s so much easier to get into the yoga groove. Nature embraces us here, bestows fresh air, gentle vistas and surprising wildlife.
Teaching yoga, you get so much more than you give, it’s not surprising so many want to do it and teach it. Will there ever be a glut of teachers? Hmmm, probably not, as the world population is nudging 7,000,000,000.
Here’s another benefit of teaching:
To teach is to learn twice.
– Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842 (French essayist with a knack for aphorisms)