Yoga being such an internalized discipline, it is important for me to start my journey as a yoga teacher by turning inward and set a clear intention for my teaching. It is a way of setting the tone to always be truthful both to myself and to my students.
Before formulating my vows, I would like to clarify that yoga is actually made of 3 disciplines: asana (physical postures), pranayama (breath work), and dhyana (meditation). As a yoga teacher, I am keen in integrating all 3 disciplines in my own practice as well as in the classes I give.
Here are the 3 core principles I wish to imprint in my teaching:
- Teach from a place of inner peace and direct experience.
To be able to guide my students in their practice, I need to constantly renew my commitment to my own practice. It is essential to continue my own self-inquiry to be able to give students instructions, cues and tips that come from a place of deep understanding. It is just as essential to strengthen my own inner peace by practicing meditation and mindfulness on a regular basis. Only by having a strong centered presence while teaching, can I inspire my students to move towards more inner peace and centered focus.
- Be true to the ancestral teachings while adapting their form to modern life.
Nowadays, the practice of yoga as defined across centuries of teachings and experimentation is threatened by its very own popularization. Teachings are not always transmitted or interpreted in a truthful manner, and yoga more often than not becomes altered into an aerobic fitness-like activity. It is essential for me, as a yoga teacher, to unveil to my students the full transformative power of yoga which lies at its essence. To do so, I need to be a faithful vehicle of the ancestral teachings as they have been defined throughout centuries.
As a mother of two living in a megacity, I am also painfully aware of the constraints of modern life. I know that finding time and energy for yoga is not easy. As a yoga teacher I want to guide my students towards integrating yoga into their busy everyday lives, help them develop the determination and knowledge required to practice almost anywhere at any time. I have several projects in gestation related to desk yoga (at the office), travel yoga (in public transportation), and standing yoga (without a mat), which consist in adapting yoga sequences to the time and space constraints of our modern world. These projects come from my own experience and my need to adapt my self-practice to the conditions faced in everyday life.
- Be true to myself, and accept that I am not necessarily the teacher of every student.
As every human being, I have my own history, my own voice, and my own way of approaching things. My teachings are necessarily influenced and even defined by who I am. It is important for me to listen to my students and adapt my classes to their needs. However, it is equally important to remain truthful and not get lost along the way. If my way of being and teaching does not match your expectations as a student, I do not want to compromise myself in changing who I truly am and what I truly believe in. In that case, I prefer to kindly refer you to another teacher, who may be a better match for you…your yoga teacher must most and foremost inspire you!