Everyone is a student

by Christina on June 17, 2010

“Yoga is contagious. It creates a flame – a fire. If you hang out with people who are on fire, you will catch on fire.” ~Richard Freeman
Yesterday, we started talking about teaching principles. The first principle: Do not think of yourself as a teacher. Everyone is a student.
“In fact, if you think you are a teacher – very dangerous,” Richard said.
This seems to apply to teachers of anything, and I think especially important for physicians to remember (where there can be a lot of ego). As Richard was explaining, a teacher should be saying: “Look with me at this cool thing” rather than “Look how cool I look doing this.”
He went on to say that teachers are not transmitting knowledge so much as teaching a tool: the tool of an inquiring, open mind. They should be “lighting a flame” in students.

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Brian June 17, 2010 at 3:24 am

Hey Christina, just want to say I really like this post. Sounds like you're having a blast.

-Brian

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Yoga with Mirella Nicholson June 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Hi Christina,

I just came across your blog. I've enjoyed reading your posts. I look forward to reading more.

-Mirella
http://yogawithmirellanicholson.blogspot.com

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Christina June 17, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Hey Brian, so good to hear from you! Hope we can catch up in person soon.

Mirella, welcome! I'm looking forward to reading your blog!!

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