What does it take to be a Yoga Teacher ?

So, what does it take to be a Yoga Teacher ?
– Knowledge of anatomy ?
– Expertise at headstand ?
– Hyper-flexibility ?
– Yoga Alliance accredition ?
– Repeated visits to India ?
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What if I said none of the above ?
Yes, the points in the list are optional but not core to becoming a Yoga Teacher. They are the feathers in a cap, but the cap per se is made of something completely different.
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To become a Yoga Teacher one must know how to be a Yoga Student. The Yoga Student has to have some essential qualities, which have nothing to do with the list above. A true Yoga Student is,
– Sincerely Disciplined & Committed to Sadhana.
– Never doubts the process of Yoga.
– Is humble, considerate and energetic.
– Understands Yoga as a pursuit of Self mastery and not Asana.
– Honours the culture and living tradition of Yoga.
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Only when the Yoga Student has a well rounded approach to the process and practice of Yoga he/she can be an efficient channel of transmission and inspiration. .
A Yoga Teacher then is nothing but a living inspiration, a reflection of what the practice and faith has become.
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Do You, as a Yoga Teacher see yourself as a Yoga Student ?