Worried About What Your Students Think Of You?

This book has had an impact on me more than other books of hers. As a yoga teacher, I’ve told many of you who were in our teacher training programs often that the moment you stepped in front of students, you’ve become their leaders. I’ve also told many of you that I am not interested in pleasing anyone in their yoga classes. I’m only interested in one thing: to interrupt their thought patterns so hopefully they get glimpses of their true selves, which is their strength, inner wisdom, and brave selves. It means that I have no time or care for what they think of me.

The courage to be vulnerable is not about winning or losing. It’s about the courage to show up when you can’t predict or control the outcome.

Bréne Brown

Of course, I, too, have a hard time with what people think of me. But if I am too busy worrying about what they thought of me, I’m wasting mine and their time during their practice. So I make a commitment to my intention. That’s how I convinced myself not to worry about what people think of me. It’s actually my job as a yoga teacher NOT to care about what they think of me. So next time you’re worried about what they think of you, just remember, you should be busy reminding them of glimpses of present moment.

About the author: Tomomi Becot

Tomomi is the owner of Flying Elephant Yoga in Pulau Weh, Sumatra, Indonesia. She started practicing yoga when she first moved to Canada as a teenager in 2000. She then became a certified yoga teacher in 2008 and has been an integral part of extensive yoga teacher training programs both at a 200hr and 500hr level. After teaching and traveling in North America, Mexico, Australia, and Bali, Indonesia, she established her own independent yoga school in 2014. Her classes are based on vinyasa or flow mixed with her own personality and experience, and various styles of yoga she studied along her journey. With the background of vinyasa, power vinyasa, yin, pre- and post-natal yoga, she encourages her students to observe their minds while nurturing their own individuality. Her classes are about honoring both the traditional and the modern, physical and mental aspects of yoga.

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