In 2011 I published the book, Teaching People Not Poses and put it out into the world thinking that maybe a hundred people would read it–most of whom already knew me.

It has since made it around the world into the hands of thousands of people in a way that is mostly unseen to me–except that I get reminded by emails and letters from people who just want to let me know that my words touched them or that they could have written the book themselves because it so closely resembles their experiences and beliefs.

Some of those exchanges have turned into clients or working relationships that have become very dear to me, some have inspired travel to teach trainings and workshops, but each one of those exchanges has been a reminder that there are other people out there who struggle with the same things I do and believe in the same things I do, and that, on some level, we’re all in this together.

And by this, I mean this being human thing.

Because at the end of the day the 12 principles aren’t really about being a yoga teacher, they’re about being a human.

And sometimes that can be really hard.

So thank you to all of you who are in this together with me. It means the world.

1. Be yourself.
2. Practice.
3. Show your vulnerability and your expertise.
4. Teach from your own experience.
5. If you don’t know, say you don’t know.
6. Stay in your body.
7. Don’t take it all so seriously.
8. Remember that your students are people.
9. Learn anatomy.
10. Plan enough so that you can be spontaneous.
11. Remember who and what supports you.
12. Don’t try to please everyone.

~Jay Fields jay cupcake