Twenty-five years ago, I had a math teacher whose voice never seemed to move along the scale. His monotonous descriptions of geometry would gently lull each and every student in the room to various levels of inertia. Then the bell would ring, and the whole room would be startled back, sleepy-eyed, into the hallways.
Next period was chemistry class, a subject guaranteed to push a room full of teenagers off the edge of boredom. But our chemistry guru had skills. He was passionate. He gesticulated. He told stories about amoebas and compounds that had us laughing and cheering.
Care to guess which one of these teachers had a more profound impact on my life? (Yes, Mr. Farran. It's you.)
The yoga and spirituality world is similar in that teachers are everywhere, but quality ones are hard to find. If you have a great chemistry teacher, you're bound to understand molecules and elements better. But if you have a great yoga teacher, your whole life can change.