Wednesday, June 27, 2007

More Silence

In keeping with the Silence theme, I wanted to post a link to my latest article in Yoga Journal's My Yoga Mentor newsletter, "Silence as a Teaching Tool." It's geared to yoga teachers, rather than practitioners, but I think there are some good comments about incorporating more quiet into your life. I am definitely one to talk rather than be silent, so there was a lot of food for thought from these interviews. Hope you find something useful in it!


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I just read your article in YJ's mentor newsletter. As a teacher in training this is helpful to me. Thanks.
Namaste, Pat

Anonymous said...

I've found my way to your blog through your article in YJ.

I was wondering about this very topic yesterday when practising yoga and teaching with a young friend.

Thank you
Johanna
teacher in training

Yorron said...

Namaste.
I was amused reading your Yoga Journal article as the point you are making there is in exact opposition to my own experience.
As a Yoga teacher, the compliment I get most often from my students
is that they love how detailed my instructions are.
When I begun studying yoga my mind was filled with questions about whether my posture was correct. My teacher's silence did not help at all. When I studied to become a Yoga teacher I wanted to be the kind of teacher I always wished I had had: one who is detailed and precise with his instructions and that discusses yoga philosophy
throughout the practice.
My classes are popular for exactly this reason. Students love getting alignment ideas (Both physical and mental) to further their own
practice.
This is not to say that there is no room for silent teachers. You
seem to prefer it, and I'm sure many others do too. At the same time,
however, there are many students who come to class to hear what their teacher has to say. I know I do. And when I want to practice in silence, I
practice at home.
The world is a beautiful place and it has enough room for all ideas (and teaching styles).
Namaste,
Yorron