How Do You Know You’re A Really Good Teacher?

Are you a teacher… Of life, of music, of yoga, of children,  of sports, of business or anything?  Did you
know that according to the learning pyramid the masters are  not the readers, not the participants, and not even the practitioners. The masters are the people who have retained the most information, the ones who can recite it from the back of their hand and put it into practice without blinking. These are the master teachers.   Of course you could also just call these great human beings. They’ve evolved past most, hold high standards and Play role models for most of us on how to live life to its fullest.

Ever wonder if you’re on the right track  of becoming a master teacher or how to get on it?   There are some clear signs that you will receive from your environment to indicate whether you are a really great teacher or if you need some  more development. And by the way, you’re never finished developing as a teacher or a human being. It’s a lifelong process towards mastery.

I’ve been teaching yoga now for over 11 years and I’ve been teaching guitar for about three years and I’ve also taught personal development for seven years and there are some similarities that i’ve noticed between the feedback I get from each of these disciplines. This feedback points me in the right direction and lets me know if I’m on the right path towards mastery of my craft.

If someone complements you, it may or may not be a sign that you’re actually a really good teacher.  If the person says “where else do you teach” or “when else do you teach” then… you’re onto something.

Now if that person happens to be a long time practitioner or an expert themselves  and asks you where else do you teach or when else do you teach… you’re definitely onto something.

And if any of the above ask you “where you were trained” then… you’re onto the Big leagues, and most likely you will have learned from many masters in many lives.  And lastly if “people refer you or talk you up without ever asking,” then again, your moving on to the Big Leagues.  As a guitar teacher I never advertised a damn thing, but these students and mothers would go out of their way to go post on neighborhood chats to talk about me, so I knew I was on to something.

Of course getting to this point is the biggest challenge. If you’re not getting this kind of feedback and you are a teacher my greatest piece of advice is to go take from as many teachers as possible and listen to not only what resonates with you but what resonates with the rest of the class as you may not be  as connected as you think.   Self honesty is always the solution!  Secondly, you gotta get feedback, ask for it and don’t be shy or arrogant.  And lastly, you gotta put all your heart and soul into it! When you show up, you’re there to change someones life, not sometimes, but all the times.

It wasn’t until I had been teaching for a good five years that I started to get this kind of feedback from my environment.   Now I get this feedback pretty regularly,  so be patient and commit to being a lifelong learner. For as much as you know, there’s  always someone who knows more.

please feel free to share or comment on your experiences below.

Vipassana – Mindfulness Meditation – Can it Help Eliminate Your Problems?

The most popular, widely adapted, and widely researched meditation technique in the West is known as mindfulness meditation, which is a combination of concentration and open awareness. Mindfulness is found in many contemplative traditions, but is most often identified with the practice of vipassana, or “insight meditation.” It’s practiced by media moguls like Russell Simons and Richard Branson, athletes like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, actors Hugh Jackman and Cameron Diaz, leaders and people just like you and me.  

Instead of eliminating problems, Vipasana, just like any other form of meditation works to activate your PNS or parasympathetic nervous system, which slows your heart rate, lowers your blood pressure and relaxes your mind.  By doing this consistently, you become less reactive and while the problems may not go away (thats a whole other blog post on karma) your reaction to those problems will be more relaxed and non-reactive.

Ultimately problems and challenges will never completely go away, which is good because they function to help us grow, and growth unlike kicking back on the couch and doing nothing leads to deep fulfillment and happiness.  Of course if we can take up some form of meditation practice, when problems and challenges do arise we can insulate ourselves from any negative effects like a vast ocean absorbing the minuscule effect of a pebble being dropped from the sky.

How it works: The practitioner focuses on an object, such as the breath, bodily sensations, thoughts, feelings, or sounds. The focus is not as narrow as in concentrative meditation, for there is a simultaneous awareness of other phenomena. This mindfulness practice can be extended to daily actions, such as eating, walking, driving, or how you interact with people.  If anything it enables you to clear out the clutter of disempowering beliefs, stress, fear and other harmful emotions.  

How to do it: check link below for a full detailed description or watch the video.

Tai Chi Can Build Inner Power & Help Make You The Master of Your Mind

In the book “The Triad of Unbreakable Confidence” author Chad Scott Nellis mentions the Tai_Chi2use of several ancient methods for cultivating inner power.  Similar to yoga, Tai Chi uses movement and breathing through the nose to focus the mind and help you become more aware or mindful of your negative thought processes.  This mindfulness then translates to inner power when you are able to control your thoughts and thereby your emotions, which will allow you to remain calm in difficult or stressful situations.

Translation: “supreme ultimate fist”, “boundless fist”, “supreme ultimate boxing” or “great extremes boxing”.  

What it is: Tai chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that originally developed as a martial arts, which helps to manifest internal power.  Today, it’s practiced as a graceful form of exercise and meditation. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing.

How it works: Tai chi, also called tai chi chuan, is a noncompetitive, self-paced system of gentle physical exercise and stretching. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion.  It doesn’t require special equipment and can be done indoors or outdoors, either alone or in a group.

How to do it: check out the video below by Dr. Paul Lam

I’d Rather Be Hated For Taking A Stand Than Loved For Being Neutral

Ever felt like you were attacked for standing up for something you hatersbelieved in?  Then after people attacked you, perhaps you backed down just because you feared people wouldn’t like you?

Interestingly, most of the time people attack you in these circumstances its because they feel guilty about something.  Perhaps you’ve unmasked them and they feel really vulnerable.  Like the world can see their ugliness, their imperfections and they really don’t like it.  Most will just avoid you, but there will always be a hater who will attack you and try to assassinate your character.

For example, I teach yoga and an old chum from high school tried to assassinate my character through a comment on a post saying something to the effect of:  “Your a fake, yoga is a joke.”  And of course there’s the post I ran about beautiful women having a tendency to be selfish, which brought out some haters.

If you aren’t upholding the The truth in your heart and nearly staying neutral, yes you may avoid attack, but rarely if ever will you be taken seriously and you’ll also lack diehard followers, fans and friends.  These are the neutral people who try to please everyone but never end up winning over anyone.  But when you speak the truth, sometimes it just hurts and haters will come out of the woodwork to try and poke holes in your story and your beliefs.    Typically these people are really unhappy with themselves.  Why else would they spend their time trying to dispute something unless its just totally perverse and untruthful?

If you encounter a hater, don’t even blink, instead celebrate and continue upholding the truth. Sure, a few may hate you, but over time as the truth is revealed (and it always is) the majority of people will see you as the victor who didn’t bow under social pressure but stuck to their beliefs and they will love you for standing up for the truth.

Remember, Gandhi, Socrates and JFK, these guys had plenty of haters and they were all assassinated; well, socrates was forced to drink poison, close enough for me. While these examples are extreme, no one is going to assassinate you, unless you’re threatening the powers of the world.  No, our haters will just throw out a few insulting words at best and next time you can bat them away like flies on a warm summer day.
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News Flash: Vitamin D Supplementation Is 10 Times More Effective Than the Flu Vaccine

If you still believe Flu shots are ok, think again! Not only have people died from taking flu shots, but its now proven that Vitamin sunshine vitamin DD supplementation an a safe amount of sunshine is even more effective for preventing and treating the flu. Below is synopsis taken from

Mounting research suggests vitamin D deficiency may actually be a major cause of influenza. People with the lowest vitamin D levels report having significantly more colds or cases of the flu

Scientific review confirms vitamin D optimization boosts immunity and cuts rates of cold and flu. Among people vitamin D blood levels below 10 ng/mL, taking a supplement cut risk of respiratory infection by 50 percent

To prevent influenza in one person, 40 people must receive the flu vaccine whereas one case of the flu can be prevented for every 33 people taking vitamin D. If you’re severely vitamin D deficient, vitamin D supplementation is 10 times more effective than the flu vaccine