My yoga teacher said..., My YTT, Yoga for non-yoga people, Yoga on The Farm

You are right where you need to be

When I decided I wanted to teach yoga, I was unsure what that would look like. I knew the population I wanted to reach: “non-yoga people.” People who might not set foot in a yoga studio, or those in recovery, those who need healing.

I am nearly finished with my 200 hour yoga training, and I keep hearing my mentor’s voice in my head: “You are right where you need to be. Always stay true to yourself, because there are people out there that need what you have to offer.”

I have a small group of loyal, dedicated students who have been with me on this journey. These include one who have offered me their land to practice and teach on, one who has pledged to be a student for life and thinks I should open my own studio, and one who admits to not liking group exercise classes at all but loving my yoga classes. They all keep coming back.

My exam to complete my 200 hour yoga teacher training is coming up on October 20, 2018. This has been a voyage unlike any other. I am eternally grateful for my teachers, my peers in training, and my students. I still don’t know exactly what me being a yoga teacher will look like, but I’m pretty sure I am right where I need to be.

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About Savasana, Yoga for non-yoga people

More about Savasana

Since I wrote about savasana post savasana yesterday, I was in a place with strong feelings. 24 hours + another yoga class with savasana later, I have a few more thoughts and a major retraction. Today won’t be the day I write it all out because it’s Friday, we’re heading into a busy weekend, and I haven’t organized it all yet. But I’ll say that yesterday’s post About Savasana is now officially going to be the first in an About Savasana series. Tktktk. 

Beginner Yoga, On Aging, Yoga for non-yoga people

When you begin

  
You may not be able to touch your toes. 

You may not be able to breathe in and out without coughing. 

You may be embarrassed. Worried you don’t look right. Your mind may be scattered. You might feel as if you have made a mistake. Like you don’t belong. 

Today in a beginner class there was a man who must have been anything between fifty and seventy years old. He was unable to turn his head left or right without extreme effort. He could not lie flat on his back. He was groaning with almost every pose. 

But, he did amazing! He stuck with it. 

Two things made yoga success for him: he told the teacher it was his first time ever and what his physical limitations were, AND he approached the class with a sense of humor. 

When you begin, it is tempting to blend in with a class. Put your mat as far from the instructor as possible. You might compare yourself to the other students. 

Don’t. Yoga is not a competition. It is not a group activity. It is for you, to improve mobility, to improve your mood, for your body and mind. Yoga is your experience, and a good teacher and sense of humor will result in success for your first or thousandth class. 

Living with intention, Yoga for non-yoga people

Setting my Intentions: Bringing Yoga to Non-Yoga People

It’s been a while since I’ve written. I’m OK with that. I’m trying to live in the present, offer what I can to my family and friends, to the universe, and finding peace in who I am. Some days I am more successful than others, and that’s OK too. My yoga mentor says, “Begin where you are.” And I am here. I’m setting my intentions on being who I want to be. I am setting my intentions on willpower, on focus, on love, on peace.

The longer I practice yoga, the more value I see in it as a lifestyle, and I want to help people who would not be drawn to a studio find yoga. I have discovered that I want to bring yoga to non-yoga people. To people suffering with thyroid issues, people battling rheumatoid arthritis, to fellow infertility warriors, addicts in recovery, children fighting socioeconomic oppression, to people who deem themselves too unfit to “do yoga,” to people struggling to keep their A1C down as they stave off or endure type II diabetes… you see where I’m going here.

So I’m writing these intentions down, putting them out to the universe. I’m in no rush, I’m taking it slow. I want to do this right. I’ve got a mentor, the will to do this, and the heart. In time, I will have the willpower and the skills. I’m so excited to be embarking on this journey. Thanks for reading.