On Tuesday, Tami Hackbarth of Teacher Goes Back to School who is a restorative yoga teacher and champion (she is also my partner in The Healthy, Happy, Sane Teacher program— Lucky Me!) shared Part 1 of her Yoga Manifesto. Yesterday, she shared Par t 2. Today, she is sharing Part 3 with us. Enjoy!
Manifesto: a public declaration of intentions, opinions, objectives, or motives, as one issued by a government, sovereign, or organization (or in this case, yoga teacher).
I believe all people can do yoga.
Yes, even you.
Some folks may be put off by yoga because they may think it’s about twisting their bodies into impossible poses usually found in a bag of pretzels.
Some people may be put off yoga because they think they are too ( chubby, old, young, busy, injured, poor, sad, happy, stressed out, tired, cool…)
Other may be put off yoga because they think they aren’t (flexible, strong, rich, fashionable, knowledgable…) enough.
Still others don’t do yoga because they think yoga is too (weird, out there, religious, trendy, bendy, slow, foreign).
I’m positive people that can find 1,001 reasons not to practice yoga.
I’d like to change all that.
You’ve just got to find the right teacher for your kind of yoga. The right teacher foryou.
The right kind of teacher for you, right now, in the body you live in.
The right teacher for you will give modifications, work with the body you have, not have expectations of you, not judge you, not push you, not laugh at you. Generally not make you feel bad about yourself.
The right kind of teacher for you will explain what you are doing, help you move in and out of poses safely, show you how to use props to help you go places you can’t go on your own and maybe even make you giggle on occasion.
The right kind of teacher for you will help you see that yoga isn’t about perfecting poses, but about living in the body you have right now.
The right kind of teacher for you will help you find some stillness in the over-scheduled life we all seem to be living these days.
The right kind of teacher for you will help you see the beauty in the world.
The right kind of teacher for you will help you see the beauty in you.