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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

How to become a confident yoga teacher?

"How to become a confident yoga teacher?"

This was one of the search words that lead to Be Happy Blog.

We cannot create confidence. We cannot "become" confident. It's because once we become confident, and very soon, we will become not confident anymore due to impermanent conditional circumstances...

"Confidence" is there when all our doubts, fear and worry disappear.

"Confidence" is there when we are no longer determined by the conditions of our body and the states of our mind, what the mind thinks and feels, what we have and don't have, what we are and are not, what we do or don't do, what we can do and cannot do, where we are, how we are, what we are, who we are, and so on...

"Confidence" is there when we know the Truth of thing as it is, not necessary the way that we want it to be, or the way that we think it should be...

"Confidence" is there when we let go of the ego and are no more influence by it.

"Confidence" is there when we are not attached to anything, are not being disturbed nor affected by all the dualities of good and bad, positive and negative, happiness and suffering, auspiciousness and inauspiciousness, respectfulness and disrespectfulness, pleasantness and unpleasantness, praise and censure, success and failure, heat and cold, birth and death, young and old, weak and strong, healthy or unhealthy, and etc...

"Confidence" is there when the mind is just the mind, the body is just the body, the world is just the world... They are not something "good" or something "bad"...

"Confidence" is there when we know exactly what we are doing, what we should do and should not do.

"Confidence" is there when we know what is real and what is unreal.

"Confidence" is there when we are not determined by worldly judgments, expectations, achievements, awards, acknowledgments, qualifications and certifications and etc...

"Confidence" is there when we are no longer being over-powered by the craving and aversion coming from the ego, and are not being affected nor determined by whatever the mind perceives through the senses about all the names and forms that form the worldly experiences and life existence.

"Confidence" is there when we are free from the past experiences and future anticipations.

"Confidence" is there when we know how to love ourselves, have love and peace, and able to love others as they are.

"Confidence" is there when we are no longer determined by what and how we present ourselves in our family, in the society, in our work, in our duties, in our responsibilities or in the world.

"Confidence" is there when we are no longer determined by any religion, culture, ethnic, believes, personality, characteristic, appearance, colours, race, education, languages, skills, contributions, performance, imperfections and mistakes...

"Confidence" is there when we are no longer determined by how much knowledge that we know and don't know, how much we have studied, how many books we have read, how many awards and achievements that we attained, how many and what type of qualifications and certifications that we have, how is the condition of our body, how many friends we have, how many people agree with us, respect us, like us and love us, how other people think of us and look at us...

"Confidence" is there when we are no longer determined by what we or other people think how we should be, and what we or other people want us to be... But we are able to accept ourselves as we are, at this present moment now, and able to accept that all these "things", "elements" or "energy" that bring life experiences to this body and this mind, that they all are impermanent, and allow changes to happen from moment to moment.

"Confidence" is there when we have completely surrendered to the universal consciousness.

"Confidence" is there when we drop all the pre-conception and pre-judgment about things and how they should be.

"Confidence" is there when we realize true compassion and wisdom.

"Confidence" is there when we realize who is 'I'.

"Confidence" is there when we "see" universal consciousness in everywhere and everything...

"Confidence" is there when we don't see ourselves are separated from the entire universe...

"Confidence" is there when we start taking full responsibility for our own self and stop blaming other people or the things out there for our unhappiness and suffering.

"Confidence" is there when we stop running away from what we don't like or don't agree with our own self, and stop pushing away "unhappiness" or things that are "not good"...

"Confidence" is there when we know what is yoga, not from books and studies, not from what the teachers and Gurus told us and taught us, not from given by somebody who is enlightened, but it is from within, from our own self-realization of what yoga really is...

Take a look at the world...

Many people have studied a lots, have read a lots, have attained many qualifications and certifications, have many years experience of practice and teaching yoga class, know a lot of names and terms in anatomy and bodily functions and mechanisms, know a lot of words in Sanskrit, memorize the entire Scriptures and Sutras, know a lot of Asanas, Mudras, Mantras and Bhajans, know all the names and stories of the past saints and sages, know everything that we should know about how to teach yoga and how to give instructions in a yoga class, but still...

Not all of them are truly confident about themselves and are completely be free from doubts, fear and worry when giving or teaching a "yoga class"...

Because all these knowledge are not coming from within, from our own self-realization...

And as long as we are identify with this worldly experiences, identify with this ego, this body and mind, identify as "yoga teacher" or "yogi" or "yoga practitioner" or "yoga master", or "yoga Guru", and etc... We will always be determined by all the experiences that we experience from moment to moment. We will be disturbed, affected, influenced and determined by how the ego thinks and feels about ourselves and the "image" that we put on ourselves, how other people think and feel about us, how other people like us, support us, agree with us, respect us, acknowledge us, and judge us...

"True confidence" is hidden when our mind is full of all these "names" and "forms", good and bad, like and dislike, success and failure, happy and unhappy feelings... But when all these "names" and "forms" disappear from our mind, "true confidence" reveals itself unconditionally through out our entire consciousness...

Not because we want to learn to be confident, that we will become confident...

Not because we do something or not do something, that we will become confident...

Not because how many students that we have, or how much is our pay, or how the students like our class or agree with what we teach, or how the students like us, praise us, and support us, or how the students are benefited or improved, or how many years of experience that we have, or how much qualifications and certifications that we have and don't have, or how many asana poses that we know and can perform, or how flexible and strong we are able to perform the asana poses...

I am what I am, not because who I am, where I am or how I am...

We share what we are with other beings without discrimination, intention, expectation and conditions.

Anyone can share yoga with anybody... if we know yoga.

Anyone can teach yoga without limits and conditions to anybody... if we know yoga.

If we don't have "confidence", then very obvious that we don't know yoga... If we don't know yoga, how do we share and teach yoga to others...

This body and this mind are just instruments for the universal consciousness to act in this world of impermanent names and forms...

There is no "I", no "yoga teacher", no "yoga students", no "yoga classes", no "good", no "bad", no "praise", no "censure", no "success", no "failure", no "experienced", no "inexperienced", no "qualifications", no "certifications"...

There is no need to have "confidence"... to teach yoga, if we know yoga...

"Confidence" or "low-confidence" doesn't exist when the ego is annihilated...

Keep working on our own Self-realization, annihilate the ego, experience what is selflessness or ego-less. No need to emphasize on whether we can teach a "good" yoga class or not, whether we are a "good" yoga teacher or not...

There's no "good" or "bad " yoga teacher... Everyone and everything is our yoga teacher. The people that are unkind to us or things that annoy us very much are the best teachers for us to know forgiveness and compassion. The people that are kind to us or things that are pleasant to us are the best teachers for us to know gratefulness and thankfulness and appreciation. The conditions and situations that are difficult are our best teachers to know patience, perseverance, determination, adjustment, adaptation, accommodation and acceptance. Impermanence is our best teacher to know what is real and unreal, non-attachment, letting go, appreciation and gratitude. The body, the mind, the ego, the thoughts, the feelings and the sensations are the best teachers to know the Truth about ourselves of who we really are...

Teaching yoga comes naturally, not because we want to teach yoga to some other people.

We'll share what we experience and what we realize with others naturally, without the intention of want to share and teach... All the sharing and teaching are out of compassion without attachment to the action and the result of sharing or teaching...

Be happy.

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