I went to my first yoga class in my first year of university (15 years ago) and from that first class I knew I wanted to teach.
Yoga has given me a lot.
It’s given me my body back. I mean that for years and years I was so caught up in my head and completely detached from my body. I completely ignored discomfort, hunger and fullness signals, the need for movement, the need for rest. I’d unconsciously hold tension in my jaw, my hips, my shoulders.
Yoga taught me how to recognize what was going on in my body and respond appropriately. .
Yoga helps me so much managing my mental health. Being quiet, focusing on the present moment, really being aware of my physical body breaks the depressive or anxious thought train. It helps me to realize when I’m caught up in obsessive, unhelpful thoughts, interrupt them and choose a different way of seeing things.
I wanted to teach for so long but for years I had hang ups around not being good enough.
My yoga practice wasn’t good enough.
I wasn’t in good enough shape.
I wasn’t knowledgable enough.
I wasn’t enlightened enough.
After about a year of learning to challenge my thinking, I realized that there was never going to be the exact, perfect time when I was ready. There was never going to be a time when I was good enough to be a yoga teacher. There was never going to be a time when the stars aligned and I got a divine signal to take that leap.
I realized that I had a unique set of experiences and gifts and perspective and that I could teach and help some people. .
I let go of thinking that I had to appeal to everyone. I let go of thinking I had to be something special.
I knew how yoga had helped me and had changed my life. I believed that I could share that with others. I knew that I didn’t have to become something other than what I was.
I just had to get out there and share my authentic experience.
The YTT equipped me with incredible skills and knowledge that I could use to make me a better teacher. It gave me a once in a lifetime experience with my four teachers. It gave me the tools and the practical skills I needed to teach well and effectively. I gave myself the guts, the emotional resilience and the inner belief that I could step out and teach. It was one of the best decisions of my life.