Twenty years later and I'm still refining my downward facing dog. I still check my alignment cues and look to learn new ways of teaching it.
Despite that I've taught it thousands of times and practiced it even more, there is always something new.
As teachers it is our role to be humble, to be a student, to keep ourselves open to the practice and teaching methods. Being an extraordinary teacher is as simple as being open, being kind and staying with your own practice. If you're missing any of those, begin the enquiry into what it is you need, delve into a process of of awe and wonder of what you do.
Find your inspiration.
Usually when we are feeling guarded or rigid, something has gone awry and we are protecting our heart or ego. Soften. Know that you don't have to know it all. When we are humble, there are endless opportunities to expand our teaching skills. It's a constant journey of unravelling, peeling back layers and shifting layers to reveal an essence which is divine grace.
So keep going teachers, keep shining bright. Be compassionate and honest with yourself, and if you don't know something-that's ok-but be honest about it. If a student asks you something and you don't know, research it and get back to them. If you're in class and not sure how to get that person to move their body as the cues you're giving don't seem to be getting through, then research different ways to approach the pose and person.
What we are doing is vital in the world we live in. Our society is stressed beyond belief and mental health issues are soaring. The world needs healing. Remember that each time you practice or teach you change the chemistry of the body. Energy shifts, emotions are felt, and tensions are released. The brain naturally responds to these physical shifts and the mind begins to slow down and relax. This is a powerful practice that continues to bring positive change to all those who experience it. Embrace your role as the guide with humility and respect.
Continue to share your gifts with the world and encourage others around you. Support the local teachers in your community and arrive in their classes as a student, with an open mind and heart and remember that everyone has something to teach and learn from one another. Release the ego and the need to be a pioneer on your own, because together we can go much farther and deeper.
Let's support each other and come together to evolve consciously and adeptly.
KIRSTY NORTON is a mama, a yoga teacher, a lover of life, and an adventurer. She believes we all have a gift to share. Through her teaching she aims to help you feel connected, grounded and spacious. She has created Yoga Luxe to give back to chosen charities and have a positive impact on the world. Follow her here: www.kirstynortonyoga.co.uk