1. To be a good teacher you must be eager, humble, inquisitive student.
2. Teaching is rendering service. It is much like parenting.
3. Prepare students so that they have good listening skills. They must learn to lay aside their presuppositions and ways of doing things. Genuine yoga begins when students have respect, desire and are completely present. The transmission is one of relationship. Of course the teacher has had this attitude in relation to their teachers. Students must have this attitude even if other students are teaching. Otherwise, without humility and respect, yoga becomes a farce.
4. Just attitude and eager respect can suspend citta vritti. It is not hard. It is not easy. If someone you love is there, you don’t even need technique.
5. Be truly helpful. Do not try to impress. Do not show off.
6. Don’t be self righteous. Don’t lay a “trip” on the student.
7. Do not be seductive and flirtatious with students. And do not respond to seductive and flirtatious students.
8. Beware using flattery or ego empowering techniques. They might be useful as a skill-full means with certain students on rare occasions, yet they easily backfire. Puffing up the egos of neophyte students and teachers is the business of cults and extends the power of the teacher irresistibly.
9. It can take many years of yoga study before one is burning with intensity to know the truth.
10. Allow the student to discover the internal and full action of a pose.
11. Be kind and patient. That person is you.
12. Look at the whole pose. Breathe the pose.
13. Know the vinyasa of the pose. Not only what poses might proceed or follow the pose, but what sequences of movement occur within the pose as it matures.
14. Get feedback. Find out if the message got through for real. Students are always reluctant to disappoint an insecure teacher.
15. Watch the student’s feet, hands, face, breath, eyes, lips and overall action.
16. Look before you leap. Don’t be cavalier and arrogant by fixing what is not broken.
17. Respect space and internal process of yoga students. Invading someone’s sacred space can be offensive and violent.
18. Teaching is constant mindfulness practice in thought, word and posture.
19. Always practice refined alignment in your own body as you adjust another.
20. Teach directly out of your own experience, in the moment. Don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know”. Know when to refer problems to someone with more experience.
21. Beware of flattery. Do not praise yourself. Be satisfied being a servant of a servant.
22. Practice asana as mudra. Practice and teach Bhava or ecstatic feeling rather than technique.
23. Teach what you know. Do not teach what you don’t know.
24. The yoga does the healing, do not become the healer.
25. Teach what is appropriate for the student. Don’t teach your own practice.
(2010 合照於Space yoga)