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Episode 40: Alexandria Crow on Transparency in Yoga Teaching

Alexandria Crow grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family and her grandfather was a traveling preacher. These days she travels the country teaching yoga — and it recently dawned on her that there are parallels between the two. Because of this, she’s careful about not cultivating a guru persona — her hope is to teach her students to use the yoga’s tools to investigate on their own and think for themselves. We talk about this idea of being “transparent” as a teacher, the role of charisma in teaching yoga, and the vulnerable place that students can unconsciously find themselves in if they have a teacher who isn’t clear about their role and boundaries.

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RECOMMENDED & RELATED LINKS
Alex’s web site — Yoga Physics
Questions for My Mother — Alex’s most recent essay on YogaPoetica
The Art of Teaching Yoga: 3 Ways I Stay True to My Teaching Style

MUSIC
Jahzzar — Sappy
Krackatoa — Turtleneck Foxtrot
Podington Bear — A1 Rogue

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  1. This episode reminded me of a movie I just recently saw on Netflix, “Kumare.” It’s about a regular guy who is trying to prove that people are constantly in search of finding truth and so he poses as a guru to find followers and show people that they don’t need a leader to change themselves. I would highly recommend it as it pertains to exactly what you and Alex were talking about. I thank you for this specific interview because it is that much more encouraging for me to be completely genuine and transparent with my students and to remind them that while I am there for them, I don’t have all the answers. Thank you 🙂

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