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I recently read an article about the Role of the Yoga Guru in our modern yoga culture and it inspired me to think about the role of the Yoga Guru specific to yoga teachers.

Please join in the conversation and share your experiences and opinions so we can create a dialogue.

👉 Definition of the yoga guru

👉 The difference between a guru, a teacher and a mentor

👉 The Guru within

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Allison Rissel believes one good yoga teacher can change a life and create a community.

She believes in the power of community and has dedicated her life to helping build yoga communities. She is the co-founder of the North Dakota Yoga Conference, the president of Yoga Teachers of Colorado and she trains 200 & 300 hour yoga teachers in CO, ND, SD & MT.

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Key Takeaways

[01:07] What is a guru?

[02:38] The difference between a guru, a teacher and a mentor.

[03:59] Why people often seek a guru

[06:56] The role of the guru

[07:51] Is the role of the guru dead?

[09:27] The guru within

Quotes from this episode

I think people actually come to yoga and most religions because they feel a lack or a void within themselves. We feel like something is missing in our lives or within our hearts and we seek guidance and advice. This is very normal.

BUT you cannot fill a void with another person. You must fill the void within your own heart. 

What is that guru teaching? Are we accepting what they say without question? 

Or are they inspiring and empowering us to live a better life and to work on ourselves to fill the hole within ourselves?

We need to question everything. Do not take someone else’s word for it because that’s what they told you to do.

Speak from your own experience. Have a why behind every action that you do. Examine yourself in deep self-study, reflection and meditation. 

Whenever you come from this place of deep self-knowing- that is the guru within.

If you ever find a teacher who does not allow you to question. Or who is unable to give you a “why” behind their actions, then you need to find a new teacher.

The most authentic teachers teach from experience and are able to provide a reason and their own experience within their teaching. 

You are a complete full and amazing human being. You already have everything that you need within you.

I believe the role of the yoga guru, or any spiritual leader, is to empower and inspire the greatness that already lives within you.

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