Fancy arm balances don't make you a good teacher.
Teachers, being able to do a fancy arm balance or a handstand is probably the least important thing about your job.
Sure, it looks cool and it can be fun to learn, but this doesn’t make you a better teacher. A “better” teacher (in my opinion) is someone who cares about their students. Who makes their sequences safe and accessible. A teacher who is REAL and not pretending to be a superior spiritual being who experiences no darkness, and one who can hold space for those in the room.
When I look for a teacher, I don’t care if they hold the entire weight of their body on a single finger (though, cool 🧐). I enjoy a challenging class from time to time, playing with new shapes and seeing what my body can do (or can’t do). But I also LOVE the simplicity of a solid class with a knowledgeable teacher. One where I am familiar with all the poses, and can spend time IN my body.
We all have our strengths, and we will attract students who connect with us on a more authentic level if we can embrace them 💛
I’d love to know what you look for in a yoga teacher!