It has been my experience that each time I teach the Yoga Teacher Training Bali Gratitude is one of the most consistent reoccurring feelings.
At the Bodhi Yoga Teacher Training Bali Gratitude is an important part of the journey for me.
There are a few reasons why I feel gratitude is a key element in the course. One reason is that as a teacher or a student everyone is coming together to support each other. It is a powerful thing when a group of people come together and hold space for one another to learn for a couple of weeks. Lasting friendships are made and you yourself learn and demonstrate how to be there for others. It involves service and sacrifice being there for each other. Whether you are practicing your teaching one on one with another student, or you are attending a final class by one of the students in the group, there are plenty of opportunities for you to be present for others and have others be present for you. That itself is healing. That is sharing. And when I witness that energy flowing throughout the course then I know that by the end many students feel like we have become family. I feel gratitude for that.
Are you getting what you paid for?
I have often felt that if you get what you paid for in a Yoga Teacher Training then you got ripped off. For students at the Yoga Teacher Training Bali gratitude is a lasting vibration that continues after the course. I feel that is because a truly great Yoga Teacher Training gives you something that money absolutely cannot buy. It comes from the Yoga Teacher Trainer taking their years and years of Yoga teaching experience, thousands of hours of experience teaching and Yoga practice, and sharing that with you in a way that is fun and helps you become the best Yoga teacher you could possibly be. That is a great task. And all of those years of dedication and love for their work cannot be bought. But they love what they do. And they want to share it with you. So they offer it in the form of a healing Yoga Teacher Training course. And it truly changes your life forever. So it is a real joy to feel their gratitude and keep in contact long after the Yoga Teacher Training course is over.
Most of my Bodhi Yoga Teacher Training graduates are in close contact with me. We often keep in touch on facebook. And sometimes when I travel to other countries or visiting other cities I meet up with my students. I feel that once my students graduate from the course that we are friends. I like keeping in touch and I like being able to offer any advice or help that they might need either with their Yoga teaching work or their Yoga practice. Many times long after the course has finished graduates sent me Yoga sequences they had written for classes that they were teaching and asked if I would take a look and give them some feedback. I did it happily. At no cost whatsoever. I don’t know of any Yoga teacher trainer in the world who does that for their graduates. That is one reason why I say that if you get what you paid for then you got ripped off. I give give give from my heart because I love my work and I love my students. I am grateful to them for their love and choosing me as their teacher.
I take care of my friendships. And for me I consider my Bodhi Yoga teacher training graduates as friends. I value our friendships and this community of Bodhi Yoga Teachers. And to illustrate this point I can tell you that as I write this blog post, I am currently visiting New Zealand teaching the Yin Yoga Teacher Training in Mount Maunganui. While I am here I am staying in the house of one of my graduates. Her name is Coka. She is doing amazing work with her Yoga business – Yoga Tribe. So I feel that this energy flows both ways. I am grateful to have amazing beautiful students. And they are grateful to have me as their teacher. To them I say, deeply, thank you.
I know that there are many Yoga Teacher Trainings out there that mass produce and pump out large numbers of graduates without much individual care or attention. That’s their choice. And perhaps they attract people to those courses that don’t want their teacher to ever know them personally. For example one of my friends, Martina, attended a Yoga teacher training a couple of years ago and she said she was in a group of thirty one people. Martina said she was surprised if any of the teachers actually knew her name! Martina also was shocked when after having just completed her final assessment the assistant teacher who assessed her final asked her only about an hour later if she had taught get. What that means is the assessor wasn’t ever paying attention to WHO it was that was teaching! They just passed everyone in a very mechanical way just like a factory production line. Just ticking boxes.
Yoga Teacher Training Bali Gratitude
Once I remember one of my teachers quoting Shakespeare, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child!” Although it seemed quite dramatic at the time, I understand now what he meant. To see a student who has been given so much by their teacher and taken so much of their wisdom and years of experience, and then walk away without appreciation or really deep acknowledgement….. I would not wish that on any sincere and generous teacher. Great students deserve great teachers. And so to deserve a great teacher, come with humility and appreciation for the sacrifice and love that your teacher is willing to share with you. And that connection of friendship will last for years to come.
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