Things We Learn as Students & Teachers

October 13, 2017

HIBBAH ELSAYYAD

 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from practicing yoga?

Looking at this question I don't know where to start because there is just so much. But one of the main things I have to say is I learned to truly honor and respect my body and accept where I am in the moment. I used to be very competitive with myself. I would push my body and my mind to achieve what I believed and where I believed I should be in many aspects of my life. Upon doing my yoga certification I had an injury, I had to modify poses that used to be very simple for me. I was physically and mentally challenged but I had no choice but to accept that I can't do what I was used to doing. It took frustration, adapting and time to realize nothing is constant, nothing is in our control so we must accept where we are today. From that injury, I became a much better person and teacher today. 
 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from teaching yoga?

I learned that we are all so similar yet so different. Every day I teach, I learn it's truly a reciprocal relationship which always helps to keep me humbled and so grateful.

JENNIFER OSMAN

 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from practicing yoga?

I have learned that practicing yoga daily has cleared my mind a lot, especially of the things that do not need to be there. Through meditation and pranayama, I have become more relaxed, more calm and my thoughts are less chaotic and more to the point. I have learned to love my body so much more and that my body is truly my temple. Practicing yoga daily increase your strength and flexibility and you really start to appreciate and be grateful for your body and less prone to disliking the smaller things. Yoga has positively impacted my life completely through teaching me to be more calm, grateful, peaceful and have a body positive image. To put it all in to one word is hard but I guess you could say positivity is one of the main things I gained from practicing.
 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from teaching yoga?

I learned I love teaching others something that can improve their lives and so I love teaching yoga. After finishing teaching a class, I feel so grateful for what I do. Spreading this knowledge I have and leaving a positive impact on people is all I want in life. To make people happier, calmer, less stressed or just putting a smile on someone’s face for a few hours makes me feel amazing. So, I guess I learnt compassion from teaching.

NICOLE ROERICK

 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from practicing yoga?

I've learned so much! I have developed more awareness of my actions towards myself and others. I have tried to become more compassionate and I’ve tried to be more patient, both things I have learned from practicing. I have also learned how to really prepare my body for my practice and what areas I need to focus on in more detail. I learned how to deepen my breath and how to sit still and meditate, to live in the moment as much as I can and to be fully present in everything I do. Just to name a few!

 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from teaching yoga?

Also, so much! Wow, it is a really humbling experience to get to teach so much yoga to so many different people over the past 7 years + I've been teaching. I have also learned more about patience and really allowing my students to trust me. I have learned that everyone deals with their own issues and it is my job as a yoga teacher to help my students work through them in a safe environment. I have become more aware of things that I need to explain in more detail and I have learned how to also create various ways of explanation. I have learned so much about Anatomy and Alignment and it has influenced my teaching a lot. I have become more aware of the energy I give off and how that is applied when I'm teaching. I've also learned that I really want to help people understand their bodies so I always keep pushing my students to try and understand in each class. Teaching yoga has made me realize that it is the best thing in the world and I will advocate for it always!

REEM ELZORKANI

 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from practicing yoga?

Practicing yoga made me stronger, more confident and more secure. It made me realize my capabilities, improved my will, gave me motivation for life and truly enriched my soul.

 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from teaching yoga?

I am in love with the idea of teaching. I discovered that I like to help others realize who they really are and what they can do, no matter how old or how fit they are. We all know that practice makes perfect and to have a commitment in life is priceless. Achieving even the simplest goals requires us to learn to commit and I've made a commitment to yoga. I love this quote by Denis Waitley, “Commitment is that turning point in your life when you seize the moment to alter your destiny”. I think commitments are powerful because they influence your attitude, how you think, how you talk and the way you act. A commitment, means that you have a stronger will, it means you’re trying harder, looking deeper to solve problems, not giving up and not looking back. Commitment gives you the way to handle things when times get tough.

SARAH GIBRAN

 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from practicing yoga?

I realized I'm far from being patient, it took me a while to realize that and it took me and still is taking me time to slow things down, be more patient with myself, not to push too much and listen to my body. I realized that when I was pregnant I was a lot softer and calmer in my practice, my teacher said that I was better at taking care of my baby and had a very steady practice during the 9 months, but I'm not as gentle with myself. I thought it was quite right, I have to say.

 

What is one of the things you learned about yourself from teaching yoga?

From teaching yoga, I learnt that I can't teach when it's a phase where my practice isn't stable. I enjoy teaching so much but truly I feel a huge difference when I'm practicing and teaching and when I'm only teaching and my practice isn't steady. 

 

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