Student of yoga

As a yoga teacher, I’m forever a student of yoga

I finally graduated from yoga teacher training in May! Yay! Celebration is in order here! Shockingly to myself, I’ve discovered I’m still a student of yoga.

Inspiring students to go beyond their mat

Teachers going beyond their mat inspires students to follow

In order to be the kind of yoga instructor that I want to be: one who inspires students to go beyond the stretching and what happens on the mat and one who helps students find relief from tensions in their everyday life, I have to stay a student of yoga. I’m consistently asking for feedback from my mentors and my students.  If I learned anything during teacher training, it’s that I barely scratched the surface of how much there is to learn.

Practice perfectly for you

My practice isn’t perfect. I still have to research poses and philosophy definitions. At this point in my life, I’m content with the fact that I don’t know sanskrit. I even have professional pictures of myself doing yoga poses incorrectly. Not on purpose. Just tired that day and that was the best I could do. ha!

Yoga is a lifelong pursuit

As teachers, we’re forever a student of yoga.

I can’t pretend to know everything about there is about yoga. It’s a lifelong pursuit, which is why I’m confident in myself to stake the claim of the “forever student of yoga” yogi. Yet, despite those things, I’m able to reach my students because I’m open to them. I want to meet them where they are, and hopefully they’ll meet me where I am. Yoga is a journey, and I’ve still got a long way to go.

“Your practice doesn’t expect you to show up happy. It asks that you be present. It doesn’t mind if you are put together or if you’re a mess. You can arrive with a jumbled mind and a heavy heart. Your practice could care less if you can touch your toes or meditate for hours. It asks simply that you show up.”

(I HAVE NO IDEA WHO SAID THIS QUOTE. HOLLA IF YOU KNOW.)

Show up to your yoga class.

Most people greatly appreciate people who are real. It does everyone a disservice when we pretend to have our shit together when we don’t actually. We can all use a little more satya, or truthfulness, in our lives. It’s quite alright to not have your shit together all the time. We begin by being honest with ourselves before we’re able to be honest with others.

Looking inward truthfully requires faith and courage.

But you can do it! I believe in you! It’s hard. Believe me, I know. Ask me how I know! First hand experience. Ah, those kinds of experiences are a real bitch. But you learn so much from them if you allow it.

“The yogi understands the faults of others by seeing and studying them first in himself. This self-study teaches him to be charitable to all.”               -BKS Iyengar

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