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The Value of a Teacher

A teacher has value if they live what they teach. A teacher has value if they know their subject from their own experience and not from a book.

When choosing a teacher in Ayurveda (or anything else!) make sure they have the following qualities:
- they live what they teach
- they know the subject from their own experience of it
- they have a clinical practice (if the subject is medical)
- they can explain difficult questions
- they do not get angry with questions
- they do not feel threatened by other teachers

These are SOME of the qualities a good teacher should have. A teacher who is confident in their own knowledge is not critical of other teachers or threatened by them.

IF YOU find a good teacher, try out some of these points:
- don’t abuse them
- don’t exploit them
- don’t treat them as an equal (where did you learn from?)
- yes, and this is hard, give them a little respect....

I am lucky to have had several really good teachers. I have learned a lot from a few ’very bad teachers’ - I learned what not to do, how not to behave. But all in all it is better to find a good teacher than to have to figure out what NOT to do rather than what to do!

Good luck on finding a worthy teacher!

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