I remember when I started practicing some 13 years ago, there was a higher regard and respect for teachers who had been teaching for double digit years. Today, the yoga teachers who are revered and respected are based not on their years of experience but instead on the number of followers they have or what can be done with their body, and generally speaking, are between 25 and 35. Don’t get me wrong, being strong and flexible can demonstrate, for the most part, a commitment to discipline of practice. And I myself am only 36.
Because consumers (read: yoga students) have purchasing power, what has been further propelled into popularity in the yoga world are creative and dynamic flows, perhaps with an om at the start and end. I am not shitting on these classes. Hell, it’s precisely what I’m teaching! But what feels missing from yoga classes today is insight. It feels like what we as yoga teachers are primarily ‘teaching’ is a choreographed physical class, and the ability to do that well, I believe, doesn’t require a lot of experience.
While I believe firmly in the power of asana in facilitating introspection, what I seek in a teacher is someone who can be deeply insightful. And let’s be honest, there is a level of insight that can only come with age. I mean, I think we can all agree, our grandparents know a lot more about life experience than we do.
All that to say, I deeply respect and admire @chrischavezyoga.
Hands down he leads a kick-ass asana practice, and his own physical practice is a force to be reckoned with; but for me, what Chris has more than anything else is wisdom and insight — a type of knowing that comes only from having lived.
The master intensive was deep Chris. Thank you for reminding me not to avoid my shit but instead, to let it rise, as it is from shit that flowers are able to bloom. (Also, I’m by no means calling you a grandpa.) 😂❤️