yoga philosophy

Do You Have a Teacher's Soul?

Do You Have a Teacher's Soul?

And no, I do not mean that you have a soul in a jar somewhere. That would be weird. And gross.

What I DO mean is that some people are natural born teachers.

They love helping other people learn. A passion for and knowledge of the subject matter is helpful to teaching of course, but the skills - and dare I say talents - that make someone a good teacher don't have much to do with what they are teaching.

Everything after ‘should’ is just violence

Everything after ‘should’ is just violence

I have just read this book. I’m not even going to mention the title because I’m fairly convinced it’s the most awful yoga book I’ve ever read.

Why you ask? The shoulds.

In therapy, there is this term: ‘negging’. It refers to making someone feel bad about themselves so they will do what you want.

I counted the word shouldTWO HUNDREDtimes in a book that barely made 300 pages, including the foreword, introduction, and title spacer pages. This was a huge red flag that negging was going on - as yoga teacher Cora Wen says,

‘Everything after ‘should’ is just violence.’

Movement Is Not A Moral Obligation

Movement Is Not A Moral Obligation

This year has been one of doctor’s visits, and tests, and surgeries, and medication. I am not ill, I just have what they call a ‘pre-existing condition’. 

There are a few things that have been challenging: the main one is that the drugs and surgeries have meant I am often too unwell to move. And I rely on movement rather heavily for my mental health.

I also have a little voice in my head that tells me, every day, that I ‘should’ move. Like it's immoral of me not to be moving...