Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Everyone is a student

“Yoga is contagious. It creates a flame - a fire. If you hang out with people who are on fire, you will catch on fire.” ~Richard Freeman

Yesterday, we started talking about teaching principles. The first principle: Do not think of yourself as a teacher. Everyone is a student.

“In fact, if you think you are a teacher – very dangerous,” Richard said.

This seems to apply to teachers of anything, and I think especially important for physicians to remember (where there can be a lot of ego). As Richard was explaining, a teacher should be saying: “Look with me at this cool thing” rather than “Look how cool I look doing this.”

He went on to say that teachers are not transmitting knowledge so much as teaching a tool: the tool of an inquiring, open mind. They should be “lighting a flame” in students.


  1. Hey Christina, just want to say I really like this post. Sounds like you're having a blast.


  2. Hi Christina,

    I just came across your blog. I've enjoyed reading your posts. I look forward to reading more.


  3. Hey Brian, so good to hear from you! Hope we can catch up in person soon.

    Mirella, welcome! I'm looking forward to reading your blog!!