The Meta-Skill

Dec 08, 2015

“Yoga is Skill in Action”

The Bhagavad Gita

Skill: the ability to do something well; expertise, adeptness, adroitness, prowess, mastery, competence, capability, aptitude, artistry, virtuosity, talent

Among all the many skills we develop as yoga teachers, the skill of being a student is perhaps the most important. It’s the meta-skill that overarches all the others.

Unlike most other subjects, being a student of yoga is not only about the knowledge we gain or the skills we sharpen. It’s about walking a path that takes us to the higher realms of wisdom and freedom. It’s a continual unfolding of the truth inside.

For the teacher who approaches yoga as a path of lifelong learning, yoga continually deepens. It never gets dull.

Through steady practice we gain access to the living core at the heart of our tradition.

Our teaching stays authentic and carries the force of our own experience. Mastering the skill of being a student not only enriches our journey, it serves our students as well.

BARRIE RISMAN 
 
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