I ended last week’s post with several open ended questions:
But what about the other way? How does spirit move from the inside out? How do we manifest and offer spirit via the three temporary domains? How do we bring spirit into our teaching?
And couldn’t help but smile when I continued this week with Month #1 Teaching Methods with Gioconda. Truly a perfect segway into the topic, Excellence in Teaching.
Gioconda’s first suggestion is to develop our capacity for presence with a daily meditation practice. When I am able to shape and focus my thoughts outside the classroom, it becomes much easier to then bring an authentic presence into the classroom.
So step one in bringing spirit into my teaching, which is part of the equation for teaching well, is to connect via mediation and other practices. Regular, committed practice.
But there’s also the way I live my life, how I move through the day when I am not on the yoga mat or in seated meditation. Yes, the regular committed practices feed and support a healthy equilibrium, but I also believe how I am during the rest of the day in turns feeds and nourishes the disciplined practices.
It’s all connected; my actions, thoughts, responses, and behaviors both on and off the mat determines what kind of presence I carry with me into the classroom.