Yoga teachers are human

I am sometimes made uncomfortable by how I am perceived by my students. I am not a perfect being. I am flawed. I am human.

I have observed my teachers made uncomfortable by a student’s idolization. Yes, we practice and we teach yoga but we are not more enlightened than the masses. It just means we are working on it.

Here is an excerpt from Central Mass Yoga & Wellness’s recent blog. It resonated with me today.
Your yoga teacher has car trouble.
Your yoga teacher has kids.
Your yoga teacher has good days and bad.
Your yoga teacher skips practice sometimes.
Your yoga teacher forgets what leg you are on.
Your yoga teacher goes to the grocery store.

In the age of Yoga Journal and other publications which glorify flashy poses, it is easy to think yoga teachers come fully formed out of the womb in scorpion pose (Vrschikasana). What these magazines and even the honored position of teacher at the front of the room don’t show, are the years of practice it took to get to a pose.

Each teacher, no matter how advanced or fresh off the YTT farm, started at square one for their body. They each had a first time on the mat in which they no doubt thought there was no way their body would ever do x, y and z. We all found our way to yoga through a different avenue but make no mistake, once we found the road, we too had to practice and still do. We each have our difficult, easy and trigger poses. We struggle with tightness in our body, unusual shape, short arms and the like, but we practice….. No one of us is above or separate from practice. Practice is all we have, there is no finish line.. ”

Thank you CY&W.


About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta Dell'Anno E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga for Scoliosis Trainer Owner EssentialYoga Studio. Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and teaching yoga since 2004. She has studied extensively under master yoga teachers Patricia Walden, Zoë Stewart, Sri Arun H.S., Elise Browning Miller, and others. She completed a two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training program with Sr. Iyengar Teacher, Peentz Dubble in June 2017. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014, attended Abhijata's 2-week intensive in Pune, India, December 2016 and BKS Iyengar's Centenary 10-day intensive taught by Prashantji & Geetaji, December 2018. She completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as a 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor in 2014, completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center in 2005 and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. The studio provides individual & specialized privates, semi-privates, group private sessions, and yoga workshops. Roberta conducts local and out of town workshops. She specializes in yoga for scoliosis and back care. She uses props to help students and teachers of all levels transform their backbends, twists, standing and seated postures, as well as inversions like sarvangasana (shoulderstand). She also works with individuals who have physical challenges, specifically individuals with Multiple Sclerosis, CMT, Parkinson's Disease, scoliosis, and amputees in private, semi-private and group sessions.​​​
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