Its been a fair while since I fell in love with yoga. In that time, I have grown very comfortable on the mat/in the studio and, as we all know in yoga gear (I’m rarely out of it). The transition to teacher though? A whole other story! As I feel like I am finally getting to the point where I can lay out my mat at the front of the class without feeling like an arsehole, I though I would share with you a few confessions of a yoga teacher!
- The first one is just that, setting out my mat at the front of the class! At first, it felt really daunting. I thought people were going to be thinking “who does she think she is?”, “So she thinks she can teach yoga”, we could go on. I think this stemmed from wondering about what value I could bring as a teacher. Once I stopped worrying about what other people though and tapped in to what I have loved about the practise, what it has given to me and how I might give this and more to others, that fell away. Teaching is honesty the highlight of my week and I consistently come away smiling and inspired.
- I really need to focus on letting go! I let so many little things, that really shouldn’t affect my day really bug me! I wish I was one of those people who stay serene and happy, pretty much no matter what is going on around them, and am generally pretty positive, however, chew too loudly around me and my blood pressure starts to rise. I am really trying to not let these stupid pet peeves (I guess in yoga terms we would call this citta verity) bother me, but I may reserve a special place for loud eaters!
- You are much more likely to here me quote from Phillip Pullmans Northern Lights Trilogy in one of my classes than the Bhagavad Gita. I guess Pullman is just what is speaking to me right now, and is where I’m drawing inspiration. Thats ok, thats what is doing it for me. Im a firm believer in finding what works for you and your authenticity.
- As you can see from the image here, I am not graceful at all times!
- Last but not least, I do not subsist on green juice and humus. Although partial to a smoothie here and there, I also probably eat my body weight per week in pastries (Jus’rol cinnamon rolls are the flavour of the month. In fact I think I’m off to have some now…
Hope you have enjoyed this confessions of a yoga teacher post, stay tuned for more!