I started teaching in 1990. I didn’t know much about reading the energy of the room or listening to intuition.
In my first position, I worked with some very challenging young people and cried most days. My principal told me that if I could teach there, I could teach anywhere, and he was right.
As the years passed, the students didn’t get easier yet my ability to handle anything that came up got better and easier. Eventually I became a mentor teacher; I realized that it was imperative for teachers to connect with their intuition and trust what they know, feel, see and hear. This was the one skill I couldn’t teach them.
Teachers would observe me and say, “oh I can do that,” and then they couldn’t emulate my interactions with students at all. It took time.
Intuition is the ability to know how to do something without thinking. Understanding that we all have intuition is important.
I beg to differ with any teacher that tells me that they are not intuitive. They may call it lots of different things: reading energy, knowing what to do in a situation, eyes in the back of their heads, whatever.
For many it’s easier when they are intimately connected to people as in siblings, parents and partners.
I’ve watched new teachers struggle with how to put together lessons. They know the material but not how to reach the group of students in front of them. Book knowledge is important. But it is the ability to connect with and understand people that makes us stand out as teachers. We learn more when we are connected to the source.
We are all born with the ability to be intuitive. It’s how we cultivate it and allow it to grow that matters. Teachers who don’t develop these skills don’t make it, or they don’t make it easily.
These skills transfer from situation to situation as the person is open to the possibility. When I go into a new situation, I can read the energy of the group. If I am nervous, it interferes with my skill.
Part of reading groups is observation—with all of our senses, including eyes, ears, nose, touch, knowing, feeling, sensing.
No matter what our profession, the more we develop our skills through experience, the better we are at what we do. We know intuitively how to problem solve and handle situations that in the beginning would have baffled us.
What does this have to do with yoga? Well, yoga is connection-breath, body, and mind. Yoga is who and how we are, with ourselves and with each other. The more we live a yogic lifestyle, the clearer our minds become and the more easily we connect with our intuition. That being said, there are many things that can interfere like mood-altering substances, harsh chemicals, and poor health choices, just to name a few.
Intuition is something we all have and it will help us better understand those around us. Live with it. Be it. Connect.
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