No More Excuses: Part 3 of 3

Part 3 of a three-pronged approach to experiencing our potential and moving beyond limitations.

Regardless of the direction we want to take, whether it’s starting a business or learning the tango, spending time with someone who knows the “dance” provides clarity and enhances our journey. If we want to reduce stress, expand our awareness and get clear on who we are and what we want, the teacher/mentor relationship is not only recommended—it is essential. This relationship is not unique to yoga; many scientists, business owners, and athletes credit the support of a mentor or teacher as aiding in their success.

# 3 Teacher: We can’t see our own shadow 

Mentors, coaches, teachers, therapists and healers are there to catch our blindspots and offer clear direction. No matter where we are in our lives, we can all benefit from guidance on the path we are on or aspire to embark upon.

Having the courage to follow through and the wisdom to ask for help is all that we need to move forward.

Good teachers are good students. No matter how advanced we may be in our field of expertise, there are times when we are the student. Allowing for the opportunity to be mentored (identifying where we need help and asking for it) and creating space to mentor others (identifying our strengths and sharing them) requires the first prong of self-awareness. The balance of being both a student and a teacher brings equanimity to daily life.

A teacher helps us break down the patterns that prevent us from reaching our goals and moving beyond excuses. Take a step back from the “busy-ness” of daily life and ask yourself: what must I develop to create a balance between self-awareness, uplifting community and supportive guidance? And then set yourself up for success. No more excuses!

Posted by: Sylvie Gouin

As an integral aspect of my life, yoga has been a pillar for over 20 years and my passion to share its many gifts only keeps growing. I am very happy to be directing and leading yoga teacher training certification programs for the Beyond School of Yoga. I have so much to share and I now have a great team to support and elevate the facilitation of these life-enhancing programs. If you are curious and want to know if our programs ... read bio