By Hala Khouri, M.A.
In YogiTimes Business June 2006
People come to yoga class for many reasons. As yoga teachers we can play the role of personal trainer, life coach, priest, therapist, doctor and even financial advisor to our students. Our role is a serious one; and for that reason it is vital that we be conscious and mindful of our own personal process so that it doesn’t get in the way of our teaching. I use the word process because this is an ongoing inquiry that has no end point or goal. It is about being curious and honest with ourselves about our own humanity; not about an unrealistic ideal of perfection, enlightenment or omniscience.
Self inquiry, self-reflection and compassionate self-examination are vital parts of being a genuine yoga teacher.