A Greater Appreciation for Yoga Teachers

June 13, 2014

All My Ramblings, Yoga

namasteI never really seriously thought about what it takes to become a yoga teacher. The very few times it crossed my mind before, I thought it was just mastering different sequences and learning how to clearly give instructions to students. Boy was that assumption so inadequate!

Now that I’m doing the 200-hour teacher training course and learning from very experienced teachers and masters, I have a way much better appreciation of yoga teachers. Here are just a few amazing things you may not know about your yoga teacher (and the things you would also need to learn if you want to become one):

#1 They have mastered the anatomy of the body – the skeletal system, muscular system, digestive system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system and nervous system – and how different asanas, pranayamas and kriyas can help support each of them so that they can help you attain better wellbeing.

#2 They know each type of body motion involved in each asana you do. Whether it’s adduction, abduction, flexion, extension, rotation, elevation, depression, pronation, supination, inversion.  SE-RI-OUS-LY. They know which muscles work in each asana, and whether they contract or stretch, and they make sure that each pose you make is followed by the appropriate counterpose. They do all these to make sure your muscles are strengthened and that you will not have any injuries.

#3 They are the ultimate multi-tasking machines. OMG! In each class, they give you the clearest instructions, demo the pose, scan the entire room to see who needs help, rush gracefully to students who need assistance and adjust them with a good combination of firmness and gentleness, all these while breathing with you and counting breaths for you.

#4 They have a great tolerance for the smell and feel of your sweat 😉

These are just a few cool things they do but more than enough reason for you to give your teacher a nice, big hug (or maybe a pat on the back if a hug would seem too weird) and a heartfelt thanks the next time you go for a class.


© Karen Cornejo, written during my Ashtanga teacher training at Tirisula Singapore, June 2014

P.S. Don’t stop here! Check out my other blogs, by clicking on the All My Ramblings button. Start with Think Purpose! ;)


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About Karen Cornejo

My name is Karen and I am a true blooded Gemini. I was born in 1981 in the uber chaotic but equally beautiful city of Manila in the Philippines. I have recently relocated to Singapore, where I have been living for over a year now. I currently work as regional sales & marketing manager for a wonderful company that promotes wellness, purpose and abundance through our very unique product – therapeutic-grade essential oils. Since my life-long dream is to live in a beautiful island and do nothing but be happy and write…then might as well start living that dream now. Well, it’s only the writing part of that dream that I can afford at the moment, thus, this blog. Better to have a piece of that big dream than nothing at all! It is also true that I started this blog “because I’m tired of talking to myself.” Writing is my ultimate stress reliever. Most of the time, what I write is what I actually want to tell myself to give myself some needed reassurance that in the end, everything will be alright. I live each day with so much passion and there is nothing more I would want than to share this passion for life with everyone else. So this blog is for you as much as it is for me. I would love to hear from you too. For comments or whatever, feel free to drop me a note at primakarenrambles@live.com or like my page on Facebook www.facebook.com/PrimaKarenRambles. Thank you for reading my ramblings You are awesome! Love, Karen

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One Comment on “A Greater Appreciation for Yoga Teachers”

  1. Constance Says:

    A quality yoga teacher is priceless!!


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