A Successful Leader is One Who is Willing to be Led
I recently had a wonderful chat with a fellow yoga student who takes my Therapeutic Inspired Gentle Yoga Class on Monday mornings.
While we were collecting props and settling in to take a Restorative Yoga and Sound Meditation Class from one of my favorite fellow yoga instructors at SunSpark Yoga., Renee Schwan., she shared with me how surprised she was to see that I take so many gentle classes even though I'm a [seasoned] Yoga instructor.
This conversation was a wonderful opportunity to share how I was fortunate enough to have had dance, movement, and yoga educators who were mentors as well as teachers; compassionate and generous human beings that instilled in me the importance of "leading by example."
I shared with my fellow student that I've made a commitment to myself, that for each class I teach, I take two classes; at least one class has to be Gentle, Restorative, Sound, Meditation, or a combination of two or more, and the other can be a bit more "vigorous."
There is something so valuable about allowing myself to be led in practice.
Over 20 years ago, when I would share my reluctance to teach, with one of my dearest dance mentors, he would tell me, "when you begin teaching more is when you will learn so much-you will become a better dancer, you will become a better student...you will have more to share...you will understand yourself and others better...the way they learn, the way they move...you will see things and feel things differently."
The first time I heard that bit of advice was over 25 years ago; and again in 2001. And holy cow, he sure was right!
And I continue to learn, as I teach and take classes of all kinds.
Whether it is dance, yoga, or any other movement modality, I encourage anyone to take classes from instructors who are continually learning, exploring, and allowing themselves the gift of being a student.
I learn so much when I teach because I understand, respect, and enjoy being a student.
I must replenish what I give.
I cannot give respectfully to myself or to others if I do not make it a point to receive.
It is my opinion that one cannot lead well, unless they are willing to be led.
Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT
Certified Yoga Therapist
Melissa Adylia Calasanz is a IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist & Movement Educator specializing in the care and prevention of injuries. With a special interest in helping people with stress, chronic pain, and discomforts associated with arthritis and pelvic floor dysfunction, it is Melissa's passion to help people to become their best health care advocate by facilitating open lines of communication with their mind, breath, body, spirit, and intention.
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