Recently, a Purple Yoga Teacher Trainee Student conducted an observation on my class. Many times students have conducted observations, but this was different. She had frank comments and I truly appreciate that:
Hey Cidney 🙂
I just finished writing my teacher observation for you. I am sending some of the highlights. You can use it or quote any part of it that you want.
I also never got the chance to tell you some personal feedback in person. So I guess I will just tell you now. I am going to be very frank, so I hope you take it in the best way possible. What I say is coming from a place of love and light and is meant to be heard by your highest self.
As you may know I have been studying energy work for the past 4 years. A lot of it has to do with self healing, plus I am empathic, so it is second nature for me to be able to read peoples energy. Do you do some of that kind of energy work also? I have been wanting to ask you because the way that you teach your class is very spiritual and empowering. You are able to capture and hold a very powerful position as a teacher. I guess you will see in my observation a little more of what I like about your class. But I also wanted to get a little more serious. Do you have a personal practice (meditation or other) that allows you to disengage energetically from your students? It looks like you carry a lot on your shoulders (I don’t mean your physical shoulders, I mean on an energetic level). I am also sorry to hear about your dad’s cancer. I know that must be very difficult for you. You take care of all of these people, and all of your students, but who takes care of you? (This is something that I have wanted to ask you since I took your first class.) And you don’t have to answer me. I don’t want to overstep my boundaries. This can just be something to ask yourself.
Sometimes in your classes I notice that you mention things like, how another teacher is more “fit” than you or better than you in some ways (more handsome etc). I know that you say that in a joking manner, but I don’t like it when you say those things. Because how you teach is so opposite of that. You have such a strong voice and you are so empowering for other people. When you say things that put yourself down, it takes away from the beauty of your teaching. I don’t want you to compare yourself to anyone else. You are amazingly unique. You should own that. You said the other day that when you are in class it is kind of a different personality than that of your own. But in some ways that is the true Cidney also. That is a part of you that you can embody. That Cidney that teaches in that powerful voice, and that powerful style, may be the small part of you that is a more real and genuine part.
I am just saying all of these things from my own outside perspective. I don’t know you that well, so I have no place to say anything. But I do have an ability to see into the core of people. Sometimes I can see how amazing and beautiful someone really is, and how they mask it with their own self doubt. You are truly beautiful. As a man, you are beautiful, your spirit is beautiful, and your physical self is beautiful. I thank you for teaching yoga. It has inspired me.
Below is the observation for you to review 🙂 Please use only quotes from the observation, I am not sure that I was supposed to share the entire thing with the teachers.
Thank you also for all of your great insight to teaching, and for always paying special attention to guide me, and give me teaching tips in class.
Love and Light,