The Single Biggest Mistake You Are Making In Yoga Class…

The Single Biggest Mistake You Are Making In Yoga Class

Change is hard, mistakes are inevitable and I had to crash hard before I was ready to change. I’m stronger than I knew. So are you. It took 4,000 miles in a rented RV and hundreds of interviews with yoga teachers to figure out the one mistake you can correct right now to enhance everything you are already doing in your yoga class.

“What?” you cry. “I’m showing up. I’m doing the poses. What in the world are you talking about?”

Awesome. Good for you! Pat yourself on the back for carving out the time, getting your mat and stretchy clothes, and finding a yoga class nearby that you are close enough so you can rush there and then off to work. I’m not asking for much, but it appears that what I’m about to ask is a hard thing to do. What I’m asking you for are actually three things: One, get ready to be accountable. Two, simply prepare to grow. There’s an incredible moment when you realize that growth might be easier than you think. Just reading and embodying the idea that yoga brings magic to your life encourages me to get to yoga daily. No excuses. You can carve out the time to stop and really get to know your yoga teacher.

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Yoga Teachers

So the third thing I am asking you to do is get to know your yoga teacher. That way, you make yourself a priority. I also have taken the time to express my appreciation for the teachers so that they are invested in my progress. Tell the teacher if you have any injuries and what you are hoping to accomplish in their class. You’ll be amazed at how excited they are by your goals.

Other ways that help is to schedule yoga on your calendar as a meeting. I’ve also found that saying hello to other students motivates me to show up because I look forward to seeing new friends. On my yoga road trip, I traveled up the west coast of the United States practicing with and interviewing a different yoga teacher every day. That became my new book, “Yoga Wisdom: Warrior Tales Inspiring You On And Off Your Mat” (available now where books are sold).

I learned from some of the teachers that I interviewed that most of the students in their class had not introduced themselves to them. That’s why I decided to introduce students to the teachers. Teachers are dedicated to your growth. They thrive when you do. They want you to love your experience on your journey. That is why they teach yoga.

Get to Know Them!

So the one mistake you can correct is to get to know your yoga teacher. It won’t simply be a class anymore, you (and the teacher) will be accountable. Yoga is the most powerful system I know that offers you a lifetime of less stress and a healthy direction for a balanced life. You are designing your life. Accepting accountability, your life begins to change. Your reality is created by the choices you are making. What are you waiting for? Reach down deep into your heart and ask yourself if you are worth it. You are. You don’t have to struggle in isolation. When you find that things are becoming unmanageable, reach out to your yoga teacher for guidance.

Top 10 Reasons to get to Know Your Yoga Teacher

  1. They help you sort out and clarify your values.
  2. They help you achieve a better, richer life. Strength and flexibility are guaranteed, but it’s the mental benefits that will keep you coming back for more.
  3. Good teachers work hard to get you moving toward what you desire quickly.
  4. They are experts at changing behavior.
  5. Their value is measurable—you will see progress quickly. Great teachers point the way, allowing you to discover insights for yourself.
  6. Even if you are comfortable, yoga and a “real deal” teacher can help you step out of your comfort zone. Here’s the truth: there’s only growth when you are out of your comfort zone. Great teachers make change attainable in a safe way.
  7. A yoga teacher will hold space for you to name your fears, give you tools to act despite them, and change the way you feel about them.
  8. A great teacher will show you how to listen to your intuition and apply that to your life.
  9. Having someone validate your success and progress can be empowering. Your success will be acknowledged and celebrated.
  10. Get yourself back on track, If you have been engaging in destructive behaviors, a teacher can guide you back to a healthy path. To have the courage to ask for help is a sign of someone who is ready to do the work. A teacher can listen to your issues in an unbiased and supportive manner, and help you with an action plan.

And if you’re just starting and/or making a change to find a new teacher make sure and check their credentials. Do your homework. Ask the studio or gym if they are certified. Certifications matter. Even if it’s yoga in the park that you found on a social site, they should be proud to share with you how long they have been teaching, where they studied, and who they are certified by.

In the new social online world, there are many peacocks posing in dangerous positions because they saw someone else do it. Proper alignment and attention could make all the difference in how long you practice. You don’t want torn muscles, blown out shoulders, or your knees replaced because of unhealthy sequencing.

Learn from the best and you’ll practice for life. Once you’ve studied your roadmap, you’re on your way to living a life full of potential.


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