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Here are seven things I learned from my teachers that will endure.

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Here are seven things I learned from my teachers that will endure.

Here are seven things I learned from my teachers that will endure.

Alexa Mergen, yoga teacher, looks back at ten years of her training

This is my tenth year as a yoga instructor. Whether or not you believe in the 10-year, 10,000-hour theory popularised by journalist Malcolm Gladwell – that practice time correlates with mastery – reaching double digits of years of lesson design causes me to reflect on which of the gifts and guidelines my teachers gave me have endured.

I hope that you recognize the qualities your teachers have given you by sharing my gleanings. These qualities might become part of your yoga practice and/or worldview. If so, you may want to keep them in your journal. You might also find a card or stamp to thank your teacher.

  • Promote a feeling of gratitude playfulness. Michelle Marlahan, my 200 hour teacher trainer, taught me this. Play comes from an old Dutch term that means to…



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