“If you’re going to teach a person about themselves – which is yoga – then really most of your biases – the teacher’s biases – have to have been removed first. Otherwise, those biases will feed through from your teachings to the students. Because that will be the very essence of how you views things – yourself and the world.
You only have something to teach when concepts and conditioning that you have collected have dropped – have gone. This state of freedom in oneself is only obtained by assisting your own teacher for a long period of time without wanting any recognition in any way. If you want something back, then that will definitely disturb and pollute your whole process of growth and knowledge you receive. The longer you maintain selfless service – Karma Yoga – the better. Wash dishes, sweep floors, help on the desk, usher people to their mat, demonstrate postures – whatever your teacher requires. This is really the foundation of any apprenticeship or real learning process. It implies then, that you’ve transformed yourself to be able to hold those teachings and they have then really become your life experience – how you view things and how you work. The teacher, however, will still retain their own individual personality, that’s a different thing.
The transformative dimension in yoga is Karma Yoga and it should really be the major inherent part of any teacher-training program. It purifies a person’s perceptions and motives. Karma Yoga is essential, however it is not in most of the Yoga Teacher Training frameworks around these days, hence resulting in a tremendous loss in what is presented as yoga – there’s a lot more available than a few postures.