Episode: 46

Why the Yoga Teacher-Student Relationship Matters in Modern Yoga with Kaya Mindlin

A yoga teacher can have tremendous impact on how you view yoga, what kind of a yoga teacher or student you’ll become & more deeply a good teacher will impact all aspects of your life. On the show today, I chat with Kaya Mindlin to talk about why yoga teacher-student matters in modern yoga.

For centuries, yoga was passed on through the Guru-Shishya Parampara. The teacher has been an irreplaceable aspect of our journey. Yet in modern yoga, we’re adopting a very do-it-yourself approach. This is leading to a lot of harm knowingly or unknowingly.

Kaya packs so much wisdom into today’s episode. She elaborates on how we can easily get confused between dharma and our careers. How to differentiate these two & strike a balance. Kaya talks about what it means to be a good teacher. Our dharma as teachers & students. Why how we train matters & how yoga teachers can better support themselves. This is an episode you don’t want to miss even if you’re not a yoga teacher yet.

Yoga teacher-student relationship episode highlights:

  • The pros and cons of self-studying yoga
  • What qualities to look for in a good teacher
  • How not to get confused by dharma and teaching yoga
  • What can the West learn from the East in terms of studying ancient traditions and practices
  • How do you say that not all teachers are equal?
  • Kaya talks about guru-shishya parampara and its relevance to modern yoga students
  • Teachers should stop pretending that they know it all
  • Share what you’ve learned with integrity
  • Where can students learn yogic ethics
  • It’s okay to teach what you know and to teach it over and over again

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Kaya Mindlin

Kaya is a go-to teacher for other yoga teachers seeking a mature practice, authentic philosophy and therapeutic teaching pedagogy. Teaching for 20 years, she is committed to sharing the softer side of yogic practice and to upholding yoga’s traditional roots. Her background includes 3,000 hours of formal study with generous teachers who shared the full spectrum of the Vedic Tradition. Her approach threads together storytelling, healing Yoga, Vedic astrology, Ayurveda, Vedanta, Sanskrit, Mantra and Tantra.


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