Our understanding of the teacher-student relationship has eroded. Why? Because yoga is no longer understood to be a spiritual practice, with the goal of experiencing our own deep core. People now come to yoga for many reasons—yoga is mainstream. When yoga is studied as a spiritual practice, the role of the teacher is to help students understand what it means to be deeply human—to help them look at their limitations and the parts of themselves they don’t want to see. A lot depends on a student’s willingness to do that.
The founding editor of Yoga International magazine, Deborah Willoughby holds a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Virginia. After a career in Washington, DC, as a writer and editor, she turned her attention full-time to the study and practice of yoga. She studied with Swami Rama and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait while serving as President of the Himalayan Institute from 1994 to 2008. She is the editor of Pandit Tigunait’s new book, The Secret of the Yoga Sutra: Samadhi... Read more>>