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# 3 Teacher/Mentor: An Essential Dynamic
“Good teachers don’t turn the light on for us, they show us how to flick the switch.” ~ Sylvie
Regardless of the direction we want to take, whether it’s starting a business or learning the tango, spending time with someone who knows the dance provides clarity and enhances our journey. In the holistic world of yoga, if we want to reduce stress, expand our awareness, and get clear on who we are and what we want, the teacher/mentor relationship is not only recommended—it is essential. This relationship is not unique to yoga; many scientists, business owners, and athletes credit the support of a mentor or teacher as aiding in their success. Even Mother Theresa had a mentor.
We can’t see our own shadow.
Mentors, coaches, teachers, therapists, and healers are there to catch our blind spots and offer clear direction. No matter where we are in our lives, we can all benefit from guidance on the path we are on or aspire to embark upon. Having the courage to follow through and the wisdom to ask for help is all that we need to move forward.
Good teachers are good students.
No matter how advanced we may be in our field of expertise, there are times when we are the student. Allowing for the opportunity to be mentored (identifying where we need help and asking for it) and creating space to mentor others (identifying our strengths and sharing them) requires our first prong of Self-Awareness. The balance of being both a student and a teacher brings equanimity to daily life.
A teacher helps us break down the patterns that prevent us from reaching our goals and moving beyond excuses. Take a step back from the busy-ness of daily life, and ask yourself: what must I develop to create a balance between self-awareness, uplifting community, and supportive guidance? And then set yourself up for success. No more excuses!
If you’re looking for guidance and not sure where to go, send me an email. Let’s chat about it and see if we’re a good fit!
“Everyone has in them something divine, something his own, a chance of perfection and strength in however small a sphere. The task is to find it, develop it, and use it. The chief aim of education should be to help the growing soul to draw out that in itself which is best and make it perfect for a noble use.” ~Sri Aurobindo