Over the past 15 years. I have greatly appreciated the position of being both - a student of yoga & a hatha yoga teacher.
As a yoga student, I have found great joy in the practice of the second half of the "Ten Commandments" of Yoga, the Niyamas (Sanskrit: नियम). And therefore, I understand the importance of Svādhyāya (self-study or study of spiritual scriptures).
As a yoga teacher, I understand that a teacher's purpose is to provide education & facilitate a student's personal growth. Also, as a teacher, I am aware that in order to successfully plant the seed of self growth / empowerment within your students there must be the seed of " Svādhyāya " within yourself.
Applying "self study" to my karma yoga practice, "I give service spontaneously to those who ask & closely watch their responses & my reactions .. ...."
And to confront my challenges in my hatha yoga practice, "I bounce around and visit various yoga teachers & yoga studios while listening closely to each individual's teachings. (And occasionally, I invite my students to bounce around with me).
(Yes! My students & I are going on another field trip ...)
Yet, this time, you too are invited. So come join in! And after wards, perhaps, we'll have lunch together?
Question: What is the destination? Answer: Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Kathy Alef
Iyengar Yoga with Kathy Alef
A Yoga Class Field Trip
Sunday, 11 April 2010 Iyengar Yoga Teacher, Kathy Alef Bija Yoga 11:15am - 12:45pm. (don't even tHinK of being late). 1348 9th Ave. San Francisco CA 94122 [ map ]
"Kathy has been a student of yoga since 1976. She is touched by the profound and sensitive teachings of the Iyengars in Pune, where she makes regular visits. This inspirational teaching enriches and nourishes her own practice and teachings. The joys and new discoveries from her practice are then happily shared with others. Kathy is current chair of the Advanced Studies Faculty, and is Certified at the Intermediate Junior III level." - Iyengar Yoga Institute