Why We Need Yoga Teachers

My boyfriend sometimes asks me why I go to yoga class when I’m a yoga teacher myself. The easy answer is that I’m a student first, and there is *always* something more to learn in yoga, it’s a lifetime’s work. Another reason is I cannot see myself when I practice, and the brain sometimes has a funny way of getting confused when it comes to the body. How many of us have turned right when told to turn left?

I’ve been reading Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall, and this quote reminded me of how running is similar to yoga, where in some yoga classes, new students are told to watch someone else and follow along.

It’s a misconception that you can effectively learn yoga this way, and it’s a great disservice to the learning process.

“Everyone thinks they know how to run, but it’s really as nuanced as any other activity,” Eric told me. “Ask most people, and they’ll say, people just run the way they run, that’s ridiculous, does everyone just swim the way they swim?

For every other sport, lessons are fundamental. You don’t just go out and start slashing away with a golf club or sliding down a mountain on skis until someone takes you through the steps and teaches you proper form. If not, inefficiency is guaranteed and injury is inevitable. Running is the same way, learn it wrong, and you’ll never know how good it can feel.” – Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen, Christopher McDougall