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I DON'T KNOW


As a child, I was an annoying “know-it-all” (or try to be). I chuckled when I first watched Harry Potter in the scene when Hermoine always has her hand raised and wanted to give the answer. That was me.



Being raised in a traditional Chinese family and attending a competitive school taught me to impress – impress my parents, impress the teachers, and SHOW you’re a good student.



When I first started yoga, 𝗜 𝗸𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴



Then I learned a few poses. It seemed like I knew something.



One thing that yoga taught me, is that the deeper I get into the study, I realize how little I know, even though I am not a “professional” (and when I write professionally, I feel uncomfortable!)



Perhaps it’s because it’s a vast subject and it’s a vague one as well.



Or perhaps, is that yoga, eventually teaches me, both as practice and as a teacher, the wisdom of not knowing.



A teacher might be knowledgeable in teaching alignment, but less in philosophy.



A teacher might be specialized in vinyasa but not in yin or restorative.



That’s what makes yoga interesting as we can’t be the “know-it-all”.



There are times in class I would say, “𝘐𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘪𝘥𝘯’𝘵 𝘨𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘺𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘵’𝘴 𝘰𝘬. 𝘐 𝘢𝘮 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘰.”



And when we create an environment of “not knowing”, it allows us for a LEARNING experience for both of us, as a teacher and as students, to emerge.



I learn from my teachers, for sure. But I can’t tell you how much I learn from my students every day.



What we create here, is a co-learning experience.



And together, we discover and explore.



This is our yoga.

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