Authenticity is truth in self-expression, in personality, and spirit. Each of us is unique in our character and how we define ourselves as leaders and as teachers. It is important that we remain true to who we are and what we believe in despite our external circumstances. Our authentic self is what you will find when you peel back all the layers and get to the core of who we are on the inside. When we teach and guide from this place our true essence shines through and we find deep connection to ourselves and to our students.
Don’t force yourself into a new teaching style. If you’re quite, shy, loud, talkative, or anything else – find a way to use that asset instead of changing your personality to fit the class you want to teach. Trying to be something you’re not in any situation, including teaching, takes away from what you have to offer and tells others that you believe your true self is not good enough.
In yoga it is always important to honor our bodies and where are today in this moment in time. Everyday is different and everybody is unique. It is important to remain true to what you need, practicing from a space that calls to you, not always pushing the limits or backing off. Finding the place where you connect to what you need. We know what our bodies and our minds need, when we take the time to listen and connect we can access our true self and practice authentically.
Don’t let the ego take control. Listen to your body and push yourself to your maximum for that particular day. Pushing yourself to yesterday’s max may hurt you today. Also, Take breaks. This is a healing and helping practice – pushing yourself to exhaustion or sickness is never the idea.
Jessica, a Buffalo New York native, began her path of yoga and personal development more than 10 years ago. Traveling the world, Jessica found herself practicing in Ashrams near and far expanding her knowledge, understanding and love for yoga. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Ashiyana Ashram in Goa, India. After teaching flow for several years, she came upon Evolation Yoga and completed over 500 hours of training in the hot 26&2 series. She has also completed several children’s yoga courses and mediation courses. Jessica’s love for people and yoga has helped her live her dreams of sharing yoga and mediation throughout the world.