Integrity: the quality of being honest and fair; the state of being complete or whole.
How do we develop our integrity as teachers? Here are 3 ways to walk the talk:
1. Be Authentic
Authentic: real or genuine; not copied or false; true and accurate
· What do you do daily to stay connected to your practice?
· Does your teaching reflect your personally-lived experience of yoga?
· Do you practice at a frequency and intensity that keeps your experience of yoga alive and fresh?
By reflecting on and speaking from your experience your teaching will become unique, original and creative.
2. Be Inspired
Inspired: very good; having a particular influence; outstanding or brilliant in a suggestive of divine inspiration.
· Where do you find inspiration for your practice?
· How do you nourish and renew enthusiasm for your practice and teaching?
· How do your insights make their way into your teaching?
· Are they conveyed in an understandable, relevant and succinct way?
Teaching from an inspired place means tapping into the Truth that comes to us through the world’s mystical traditions as well as our own inner wisdom. It means plugging into a source of knowledge bigger than our thinking, evaluating minds. Above all, it means sitting with, considering and assimilating this wisdom such that eventually we become a voice of that Truth for others.
3. Be Informed
Informed: having information; educated, knowledgeable
· What are your sources for information?
· How do you discern what to keep and what to discard?
· Who do you trust?
· How do you test out the information you receive to know if it is true?
There is a lot out there. The ability to filter what you read through what you already know to be true is important. The process of discussing, dissecting, discerning the information you seek helps you take ownership of it.
Yes, there will always be more to learn, always room for improvement. However, if you care enough to think about some of these questions, you are well on your way to building a presence that reflects a personal commitment to yoga.