Yoga teachers are an essential part of the yoga community. They provide guidance, motivation, and inspiration to aspiring and veteran yogis. They impart valuable knowledge and wisdom through their yoga classes. Their extensive experience with yogis of all backgrounds and proficiencies gives them the tools they need to create customized sessions and cater to the individual needs of their students.
Yoga teachers have lots of responsibilities to maintain, whether it’s teaching a class or running an entire studio. Like anyone else, they must balance their work life and their personal life effectively to keep stress to a minimum. They live by the eight limbs of yoga, striving for inner peace, compassion, and enlightenment. A yoga teacher’s life is full of fun, challenges, and rewards.
Moksha: Hinduism freedom from the endless cycle of transmigration into a state of bliss
Brahman: the one supreme universal spirit that is the origin and support of the phenomenal universe
Om: the sound and symbol for the seventh chakra (crown); represents open mindedness and transcendence
Hinduism: a diverse body of religion, philosophy, and cultural practice native to and predominant in India, characterized by a belief in reincarnation and a supreme being of many forms and natures by the view that opposing theories are aspects of one eternal truth, and by a desire for liberation from earthly evils
Jainism: an Indian religion that prescribes a path of nonviolence toward all human beings
Buddhism: a religion and philosophy encompassing a variety of traditions, beliefs, and practices largely based on teachings attributed to Buddha
Yogi: a yoga practitioner
Guru: yogi with a great deal of knowledge, wisdom, and authority
She sees yoga as a great way to keep a healthy body and mind. She’s certified with YogaFit, and has over 200 hours of yoga teacher training under her belt. She’s contemporary and trendy, playing popular music in her class and keeping a sense of humor. Her upbeat and vigorous class is a workout! She loves her students dearly, and is open and friendly to anyone who joins her studio.
“Yoga is first a form of exercise, second a stress reliever, third a therapeutic healer of body pain and ultimately it makes me a better person.”
Brandon: The Guru
He’s a traditionalist, with a spiritual goal. He routinely wakes up before dawn to meditate. He uses yoga as a means to ultimate enlightenment. His calm and mellow demeanor contradict his very strict, purist ways as a yoga instructor. His class is inwardly and focused, and he expects his students to be disciplined and passionate. Spirituality is the backbone of his philosophy.
“I’m looking to live in a more honest and truthful way led to my investigation into the yogic path as a way to link the physical, the mental, and the spiritual.”
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