You are the Authority on You. You are the Expert on You.
No one knows Your Body better than You do. No one is inside Your Body and Mind besides You.
Be wary of any coach or trainer who claims expertise that supersedes your own Self-knowledge. Be wary of any yoga teacher who claims to know you better than you know yourself.
Trust Yourself. Trust in your own Self-knowledge and Self-awareness.
What can coaches, trainers, and teachers do for you? They can partner with you and your knowledge of your own body to help improve your general overall health or your specialized fitness. Coaches, trainers, and teachers may have specialized knowledge – but you remain the expert on You.
What does that mean for you? It means you get to choose. You choose what is important to you. You choose what is priority to you. You choose whether to stop or continue. It means you have responsibility to listen to your body and communicate your needs.
When I teach yoga, I give responsibility and ownership of the practice to the student. The student has autonomy. The student is the Expert on the student.
How to know if you have autonomy in a relationship with a coach, trainer, or teacher:
- You feel free to stop when you are fatigued or in pain.
- You feel free to voice your concerns about a particular movement, especially if you have an injury or limitation.
- You feel safe verbalizing anxiety or fear about the program, class, or a particular movement.
- You feel physically safe within the relationship with the coach, trainer, or teacher.
- You feel emotionally safe within the relationship.
Autonomy means you are respected for your self-knowledge. Autonomy means you have a partner working WITH you – not a bully coercing you, nor an authority figure overriding you.