As teachers, we are in service of the transmission of knowledge. Our goal is to acquire knowledge in order to pass it on to our students. When our students gain that knowledge and can hold it on their own, we have succeeded.
As we go through this process of acquiring knowledge and passing it on, we must remember that knowledge itself is not ours. Once we learn something, we do not own it. It is not ours to hold onto at the expense of others.
We are in service of knowledge. Knowledge is not in service of us.
Our ego doesn't always like the process of teaching. The ego easily jumps in and says, "Wait! I'm the teacher, I'm in charge. This is my class, my system, my teachings." While this might not be conscious or obvious, we might notice it as twinges of self doubt, or fear that we will become less valuable if our students advance too far.
This becomes an inner battle for teachers, one that needs to be handled with great care. We must remember our very job is to give to our students. When our students understand what we've taught them and hold that same knowledge, we must celebrate this. This is what it means to teach.
Scott & Ida are Yoga Acharyas (Masters of Yoga). They are the head teachers of Ghosh Yoga. This blog is about their experience with yoga practice, study and teaching.
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- Understanding Chair Posture
- Lock the Knee History
- It Doesn't Matter If Your Head Is On Your Knee
- Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
- 5 Reasons To Backbend
- Origins of Standing Bow
- The Traditional Yoga In Bikram's Class
- What About the Women?!
- Through Bishnu's Eyes
- Why Teaching Is Not a Personal Practice