Do you have to be able to do something to teach something?
Another question that frequently comes up in yoga and for me the answer is almost always, yes.
I'm not saying that every yoga teacher out there needs to have a highly advanced practice, but I guess I think of it like this: would you take a math class with just a high school math level student as the instructor? Or guitar lessons from someone who has just a beginner / intermediate level of guitar?
If you're looking for an introduction to something, an exchange even, of course you can go with whomever you want and give him or her a title of whatever you want, be it 'teacher' 'instructor' etc.
These days, though, 'yoga teachers' seem to be a dime a dozen and so many times I feel like people label themselves as yoga instructors before they're ever even yoga students.
Once you start advancing in yoga - be it in the physical asana practice or a more devotional spiritual practice, (and no, the two are not independent one from the other) the need to search out an experienced teacher who has already gone down the path you're trying to find your way along becomes very apparent.
Why take an inversions or meditation workshop with someone who only has a mediocre practice of these things?
Of course you can learn something from everyone, and it's not to say that all advanced practitioners will be good teachers, but nowadays it seems that so many people aim to make money off of yoga and set up their personal business side of it before actually taking the time to establish a strong and dedicated practice.
People with little to no experience practicing adopt a fake it till they make it attitude with an over eagerness to 'teach,' lead workshops, retreats, meditations, even teacher trainings...
And yoga with its 'happy flower, all loving, don't judge' mindset makes it difficult to sort out the experienced teacher from others.
Choose your teachers wisely.
Spend your time wisely.
And try to stay lighthearted about the whole thing, it's Saturday. 😉
Pensamientos on a weekend morning.
Twisting lotus in #headstands.