The science of Yoga is meant for self-discovery through 8 limbs of Yoga like Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharna, Dhyan, and Samadhi. A person can not explore Yoga fully unless one starts from Yamas and reaches Samadhi. Most people think that Asanas (Yoga poses) are Yoga, but it is only one step, and that is the 3rd one in the eight limbs of Yoga.

Some teachers might be very flexible and expert in demonstrating asanas with excellent teaching skills still, and they are considered asana teachers until they experience the stillness of the mind. As Patanjali says “Yoga Chitta Vritti Nirodha.”

Maintaining a spiritual and healthy relationship in a Yogic way is the responsibility of teacher and student. On the path of Yoga, Teacher and student should be more aware of their energies and feelings. While doing asanas, pranayama, meditation, or day-to-day activities, awareness is essential to every physical and mental training.

A few points can be helpful for teachers.

Do your Yoga practice regularly.

Grow your experiences. On the path of Yoga, everybody is a student. Even you can be a world-famous Yoga teacher. Try to be a student once a year, participate in some retreats, or learn more about meditations. Come out of the role of a teacher. Be Present in the class. Be aware of what you say, how you move, and how you adjust to students.

Treat every student equally.

Be more creative in the class.

Keep your heart open.

Listen to every student and speak from the heart.

A few points for students.

Remember that Yoga has been coming from teachers to students for thousands of years. In India, in the Yoga tradition teacher is considered equal to God,

Gurur Brahma Gurur Vishnu

Gurur Devo Maheshwarah

Guru Saakshaata Parabrahma

Tasmai Shri Guruve Namah

Do not seek unnecessary attention

Try to understand Yoga Philosophy and its tradition

Read Yogic spiritual books to expand your knowledge about Yoga.

Be aware of your energies, thoughts, and feelings.

Hari Om Tatsat!