To ego or not to ego? That is the question, isn’t it? Yoga teachers are not perfect and putting anyone up on a pedestal has a ton of drawbacks that eventually play out in some way or other. I have put a few teachers on a pedestal at some point in my ten years of practicing. Now that I am teaching, I am being made aware of just how easy it is to ride that ego-magic-carpet and think that you know “better” because you are “teaching” people. Hot26 yoga has a ton of instructions that need to be clear, concise and in an ordered fashion – that is the style. It demands discipline. I can only teach you from my body and my experience, you get to do all the hard work yourself. There is nobody that can save you from your own self. You have to put in the hard work. This is why the dialogue is so specific. The words do not make me a guru or anyone else a guru for that matter. I think it’s important that you know this if you are practicing any yoga; it is not a religion and your teacher is not a god. Don’t give away your power like that.
There are times when the ego can come in handy. For example, as a television producer and director, my ego helps me get things done quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. I need to be able to confidently tell a large number of people what to do, how to do it and when to do. Add in travelling to different African cities on the continent, working with many other egos and personalities in often very short time frames, I can tell you now: I would not be able to do my job well without my ego. But do I need my ego at the yoga studio? Hell no. I’ll gladly leave that at the door, it is such a relief! So, in short, I both embrace having an ego and not having an ego equally. The context really does make all the difference. It is wise to know this difference.
There is still so much to learn along this journey. The biggest lesson I’ve taken from becoming a Hot26 yoga teacher is that it isn’t easy, it doesn’t get easier – it gets different. I still practice as often as I can and teach as much as I can. Each class brings with it new rewards and insights. Seeing people smile at the end of class after working incredibly hard inside class feels good in my heart. I live for the transformation and growth. If I can grow and transform the way I have, so can you. It’s a commitment to yourself that you get to keep and see results with. See you all in class! xx Eliza