Here’s a little insight into me and the reason I write about yoga…
Last June I made a decision. I was going to go through yoga teacher training. It was a tough decision, but once it made it, it just felt right. The RYT-200 training began in August. The 12 of us in the training group laid out our mats like it was the first day of school. Eager. Excited. Nervous. We talked about why we were there. What we hoped to get out of it and what yoga does for us personally.
We all had our own reasons, our own experiences, our own styles and our own goals. Since that first day, we’ve all had our own journeys. All very different. And we’ve all dealt with life in our own ways. Through it all, we’ve all had one common bond, the love of yoga and this journey towards becoming a registered yoga teacher.
Some have already taken what they learned and started teaching. Others are just happy to have made it this far and still ask themselves what next. Some are closer to teaching than they thought they’d be. Others, furher from it.
Personally, I’m somewhere in the middle. Going through teacher training has been an amazing experience. Part of me thinks it has helped me deal with difficult times more easily. Part of me thinks I have become so much more aware of who I am that hard times have been a different flavor of hard because ignorance and denial are now just a shade of what they used to be.
I’ve learned about myself. I’ve learned that even teachers are still students themselves. I’ve learned that teaching and slowing down is not quite as easy as I thought they would be. And, I’ve learned that yoga is incredibly powerful and I want to share it with the world… in some way…
It’s incredibly initimidating. Who am I to try to ‘teach’ something so powerful and with such an incredible history? The way I see it, with yoga, the teacher is there as a guide, as a helper, as another person who is passionate about the power of the practice and is there to encourage through words, through guidance and as a representative of all that we hold sacred about yoga.
Teacher training has helped me to understand what yoga can do for me. There is a long way to go on this journey, and I have a feeling some day, down the road, I will use it to help others. But, in the time being, it is certainly helping me learn about myself and how to find calm and serenity in the crazy world we live in, and that, my friends, is priceless.
As Patanaji says in Sutra 1.14 Sa Tu Dirgha Kala Nairantarya Satka-Rasevito Drdhabhumih – practice becomes firmly grounded when well attended to for a long time, without break, and in all earnestness.
That’s exactly what I intend to do. For myself and for how I can take it into the world and share it with other.