“Find a teacher who will tell you the truth about yourself rather than just sign your certificate.” – Dr. Scott Blossom
When you’re new to yoga or meditation, it’s often anything but calm in your mind. It’s frequently panicked, judgmental, confused, sad or angry. These are base coping mechanisms of our ego that may serve short term survival functions, but long term, keep us from accessing a sense of general calm and compassion in our lives.
The premise of mindfulness could be viewed as threatening to productivity if bosses see mindfulness and meditation as simply actively choosing to do less. As much as I can offer their employees some tools, the initiative has to come from the top to see a culture of mindfulness and wellness as choosing to focus on less and allocate attention and ultimately do everything with less stress and improved clarity and creativity.
If you’re a full time yoga teacher, you’re on the move constantly. Your days are divided between classes in different places, often with pockets of time far from home and much to do, but coffee shop offices and lunches out are a financial drain. Busyness is not unique to yoga teachers, as I feel that the more digitally connected we are, the more we take on.
Advice to new yoga teachers isn't the best pose, sequence or even the best playlist. It is practical, though, and I hope you'll consider it and let me know how it goes.