When I enter a yoga class and step onto my mat, I place my trust in my teachers to guide me through the poses safely and with a minimum risk of injury.
I trust that each teacher will explain each pose in a way that will make it accessible, suggesting adjustments if my hamstrings are too tight or my back too sore.
I trust that the teacher will provide a framework for understanding the pose within the context of a larger yoga tradition—translating the Sanskrit name of the pose, for instance, into English, or providing a deeper understanding of how I might benefit from doing the pose.
I trust that the teacher will warn the class in advance if a pose presents certain challenges of balance or strength, and that he will suggest ways for us to address those challenges with modifications to the pose appropriate for our skill level (or with an alternative if the pose itself presents too great a challenge).
I trust the teacher not to force me into any pose that I might feel too difficult and to help me exit a pose safely if I find myself—or feel myself—in danger.
I trust that the teacher will share her passion for yoga with us as well as her passion for life.
I trust that the teacher will share insights into how yoga and life are intertwined, which means that I trust the teacher to share how he lives his life using the principles that he finds in yoga.
I trust the teacher to be herself and to accept each person who steps on the mat in her class to be himself or herself.
And I trust the teacher to encourage each of us to use the yoga poses to explore our body and our life to the fullest.
With gratitude to all my yoga teachers for helping me cultivate a deeper sense of trust in life and in myself on and off the mat.
Practice Journal: How does your yoga teacher help you cultivate a deeper sense of trust in your life and in yourself? What do you expect of your yoga teacher? Write: 10 min.