A few years ago I broke my foot, and I was devastated. Physically it was a grueling year, and I found myself teaching yoga on crutches or in a walking cast. But looking back, I realize that as a yoga instructor, it was the best thing that could have happened to me. It forced me to become less dependent on teaching from my yoga mat, which resulted in amazing professional growth.
If you are a yoga teacher fresh from your 200-hour training, take it from me: It's easy to become attached to your mat. Not only have our mats been our safe practice space for years, but they allow us to move through sequences with our students as we teach. If you find that you always have to shuffle back to your mat as you teach, then I challenge you to get off your mat and see what happens.
When you start moving away from your mat and give yourself the opportunity to teach without having to demonstrate every aspect of your sequence, you'll experience these five things: