Observe who triggers you in class. They are usually either echoing something about yourself that you don’t like or are not proud of. For me, those women where echoing my own feelings of self worth. Who was I to teach people? What did I have to offer? Observe what arises with those students and silently thank them for the lesson. Try and stay compassionate towards them and yourself while in the room. Then work with the triggers by meditating or talking to a therapist/friend about it.
Clara’s advice is a great tip for new yoga teachers. I remember during the first few classes I taught thinking exactly the same thing. There’s nothing more intimidating than having a senior teacher/yoga practitioner take your class when you are brand new at teaching! I remember feeling how certain students brought up my self-doubt and drained my energy. I would dread teaching whenever they showed up for class! But, like Clara suggests, these are the students who can teach us the most. They indirectly develop us as teachers and we can learn so much from them if we allow ourselves to approach these experiences from a place of awareness rather than judgment.
p.s.This is Clara’s second tip in the 108 YTT Tips series. See her first one here.
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