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How To Find The Right Yoga Teacher

How To Find The Right Yoga Teacher

Yoga is not just physical postures or breathing exercise, it’s a tradition of discipline and basic human ethics.

By Rose Brent

Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to have practiced with some of the best yoga teachers in the world. I've been taught by young yoga teachers and much older ones and teachers of various nationalities and experience levels from different lineages and traditions. I attended classes with "world famous" yogis and those who have taught for 30 years or more without much acclaim. Lately, however, I have been doing some self-reflecting on the search for the right teacher. So what makes a yoga instructor great? Who is the best? Teacher and student is after all a relationship, right?

Most yoga teachers have gotten qualifications that say they are ready to teach, some have sustained serious yoga practices themselves and continue to educate themselves, deepening their practice, travelling back and forth to India (the birthplace of yoga). A teacher I know, is not only knowledgeable about yoga philosophy, history, and body-mind connections, but also returns to Mysore (India) every year to further her yoga knowledge and maintain relations with her own teacher and lineage.

So, here are a few tips to find the right yoga teacher for you:

Give yoga a fair chance. Keep up faith. Your effort and patience will eventually be paid off in great proportions!

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