Being teachable applies on so many levels and kicks up your vibration in a major way. From moment to moment, being teachable keeps you open, compassionate, and receptive. More specifically, being teachable in your creative passion, career or otherwise, keeps you growing, inspired, and thriving. Allow me to explain.
As a yoga teacher, I am committed to expanding my knowledge base and abilities throughout the course of my entire life. My first training merely set the foundation for me to step on this path and continue to expand while at the same time diving deep within to discover the truth of my calling.
A couple years ago I made a commitment to myself to find my next teacher. Not just any teacher, but my mentor, someone I could learn from, and also trust to open me to new ways of seeing the body, of moving, and of working with people in the most impactful and therapeutic manner possible. I am thankful to say I found that person in Dr. Linda Lack, my teacher and mentor, creator of The Thinking Body-The Feeling Mind® (“TBFM”). Working with her has transformed my body, my practice, the way I move through space, and of course, the way I teach and what I am able to offer to my students and private clients. Quite literally, it has changed the way I think about and approach yoga. In addition to having a mentor, I am also part of a supportive and highly intelligent learning community with whom I can share this journey and grow alongside. This keeps my knowledge base fresh and ever expanding.
In a recent TBFM clinic, we were doing a stretch I have done countless times on my own and in my classes. I always called it a calf stretch. In all honesty, the reason I call it that is because that’s what it is for me. In reality, it addresses the entire back of the leg and other people will likely feel it very differently than I do. It struck me in that moment how important it is to always be learning, especially when you are transmitting knowledge to others around you. The way I feel something in my body is not necessarily how someone else will feel it in theirs, and if I was not willing to be teachable in that moment, I might not have been in a position to receive that information and subsequently communicate it to others in a way that resonates with them. In order to get out of our own limited scope of vision, we must be open to other ways of seeing and feeling. We must be receiving new information, and old information in new ways. It’s essential to our growth as teachers, and as human beings.
As you move along your path, there may be a temptation to assume that learning on your own is enough. Of course, you are always learning in every moment if you choose to have that outlook in life. However, finding the right teacher and deliberately immersing yourself in an educational setting reveals things in a more profound and relevant way. This is not to say that we must accept information blindly and without question, I simply mean to say, put yourself in a position to learn from the people around you, especially those you position as your teachers. If you want to advance along a specific path to which you are dedicated and passionate, being teachable is even more essential. This is how you accelerate and grow. I leave every teacher training seminar I have with my TBFM community buzzing with inspiration, humility, and gratitude to be studying alongside such fascinating individuals and under the tutelage of a true expert in the field of yoga and movement therapy.
How can you move forward if you think you already know it all, or you’ve already reached the top? Be open to receiving and learning, and the path will continue to unfold.
Let me know what you do to ensure your growth in the areas in which you are passionate. How do you remain teachable?
Thank you, always, for being open to what I have to offer. I am grateful and humbled by you every day.