And so it starts…

My much long and awaited for yoga teacher training course has just started. As many of you know, I have been wanting to go through a teacher training course for quite some time now. After just three days of the course, I am stoked.

Interestingly enough, I am never quite sure how to answer the question, “Why do you want to teach yoga?” Well, at least, how to answer it concisely. So hmm, why do I want to teach yoga? Well, I want to teach people how to take yoga off their mats. Yoga is not just a set of postures that one does and then leaves on the mat after the class ends. Yoga is an attitude. It’s a mindset. It’s our demeanor. It’s how we treat others. It’s how we treat ourselves. It’s how we choose to understand ourselves as well as one another. I want to teach yoga because I want to extend the experience of living a “yoga-centric” life that isn’t confined to happening on a yoga mat.

Ultimately, I want to teach people how to adapt their yoga practice to align with each of their specific needs. Part of practicing yoga is learning how to adapt the practice to meet us where we are at that moment. As we all know, we each endure mental and phsyical shifts from day to day; a yoga practice should also adapt to meet those fluctuating needs. Many try to fit themselves to yoga, but it’s important for yoga to be fit to each person.

Outside of my long-term teaching goal, my universal goal is to engage in this training with integrity and to learn how to teach with that same integrity. I want my practice, on and off of the mat, to reflect the love I have for myself, friends and family, students, yoga, and life itself.

And so it starts…

Music for today: Sea of Love, Cat Power (The Covers Record, 2000)

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    • john
    • January 26th, 2010

    proud of you for following your dream and making such a positive change in the world – your integrity, passion, and commitment will surely touch the lives of many who need it

  1. Teach me Yoga… Start by teaching me how to enjoy Yoga. For some reason, I bore through Yoga and Pilates. Maybe with you as my instructor, things would be different.

    • Ha ha ha, bored?! You’re awesome. I’d love to teach you. Sometimes it’s as simple as not having an expectation for what the class is going to be…sometimes it’s finding a stellar studio with a rad teacher…:)

    • kelly
    • January 31st, 2010

    Good for you for starting something you have wanted for so long! 🙂 Must be a great feeling and of course you will be completely awesome

    • Billy Smith
    • February 15th, 2010

    Amazing description-your passion for Yoga in words.

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