Special Teachers

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.
-William A. Ward

This morning I was motivated to take one of my Yoga teachers' Yin/Yang class. Class was amazing and at one point she reminded the class to pay close attention for those who have an injury. Up until that moment, I was modifying as I was going and at times, was all in my head.

Her paying close attention to the class and in particular knowing my management of the lower back was yet another moment of how teachers truly are *special. When she said that, he quickly glanced my way and I felt her support.

 That moment was a reminder of how much support there is in the Yoga community. I've been fortunate to gain so much from those who have led my teacher trainings. The knowledge and their practices stem from other teachers, so on and so forth. 

I hope to guide my future students, explain as much as I can, demonstrate if possible, but most importantly....I hope to inspire.

Daily affirmations...Motivational posts...Inspirational quotes...Are they effective?

I don't see why not. There's so much literature (check out the self-help, positive psychology, self-improvement, etc at a bookstore/library) banking on the theory of its effectiveness. 

Let's begin with our own thoughts. You know, the conversation you have with yourself (we all have these and no you're not abnormal because of it). For the most part, we all have our own perception, opinions and thoughts of our self. *Think self esteem. 

Now, if a fly were to hang out in the walls of your mind and thoughts...what would it hear? Are those conversations with yourself; positive/neutral/negative?

I recall a patient tell me he thought the very worst of himself the second he woke up...every day. How do you think the rest of his days played out? Not great.

From that meeting, we began experimenting with his first thoughts to himself. For him, he felt it was silly, pointless and perhaps a juvenile recommendation from his therapist. But alas, he began detangling his negative self-talk and replacing it with either neutral and later positive self-talk. I literally "prescribed" him to come up with daily affirmations. Guess what? Over some time, that initial thought of thinking he was "useless" and "lacking a purpose in life" first thing in the morning happened less and he began feeling better about himself!

Some people write quotes/affirmations on post its, have it tattooed, and others (like myself) like to receive it via text (Shine text!) and via my social media feed. 

If you enjoy daily motivation, positive quotes, inspirational photos...TIY will be posting Daily Motivation during the week via Instagram. Follow my IG page @trueimage_yoga and get in on the fun. Who said there's such thing as too much inspiration?