Other teachers will know the way; someone asks you what you do and you tell them you're a yoga teacher and they say: "Oh, I could never do yoga, I'm far too stiff, I'm not at all flexible, I have a bad back, my shoulder won't let me..." and an infinity of other reasons.
And then on the other hand I've read many descriptions of yoga as being far more than just a physical practice, anyone can practice yoga, yoga is non-competitive...This too is my conviction
So where and why is this message not getting across? could it have something to do with the way yoga is portrayed on social media? Sure, some images are inspiring and beautiful but I can see why people with a stiff knee, or a difficult back or general tension in the muscles may be put off by this gymnastic asana display.
There are so many teachers nowadays, yoga has become one of the common lifestyle choices of our times, yet is hardly to be equated with drinking enough water or keeping your eyebrows tidy. Skilled teachers are few and far between, teachers who actually realize the intimate connection between the state of the mind and the state of the body.
With yoga getting so much press, good and bad, it is vital that these skilled teachers are recognized. Yoga is not merely a therapy, it is a mode of empowerment as we awaken to the truth that our best teacher, doctor and therapist is within. Only a skilled person can reveal this to you.
A skilled teacher will help you experience your body as not merely a solid object. You may at times perceive it as such but when you connect to the subtle sensations in your practice you can break through this seeming solidity and quite literally begin to heal.
Yoga is a wondrous journey, it is my strong wish that many more shall embark on it and not injure themselves along the way
I am teaching a workshop on setting a good foundation for your practice on the 13th of November, click here for more details