In life, there are pivotal decisions that shape our trajectory. One such decision for me was enrolling in a yoga teacher training, a move made during a time when I lacked clarity about my life’s purpose.
In my early 20s, around 2003-2004, a consistent yoga practice at a local studio helped me break out of shyness and connect with others. Unbeknownst to me, this decision would significantly impact my life.
Amidst constant changes – moving to a new country, a breakup, and the struggle to find balance – yoga became my sanctuary. It provided consistency, a daily and weekend anchor and an opportunity to connect to myself.
Reflecting over 20 years later, that seemingly spontaneous decision played a crucial role in shaping my beliefs and the person that I am today. While in the first decade I focused mostly on the physical aspects of yoga, the subsequent years brought a deeper understanding of the practice and a readiness to receive its wisdom.
Today, at 45, despite appearing as a seasoned teacher, leading retreats and advocating for mental health and community outreach, what many don’t know is that it took me almost 10 years after becoming a teacher before I felt ready to teach other teachers.
My impostor syndrome served as a companion, not an enemy, ensuring I left my ego outside the door and take whatever time was needed to immerse myself in the practice, philosophy, principles, and understand the fire within each one of us that ignites this practice.
After teaching thousands of classes, a shift finally occurred. I felt ready to share with others. There was something within me, a gift I had received but couldn’t keep to myself. It needed to be passed on. And that is when I began to teach other teachers.
These seemingly irrelevant details in my personal journey were battles won, milestones achieved.
Reflecting on all the programs our school runs fills me with pride, humility, and optimism about the future.
I understand how lost I was in my twenties. The practice brought significant meaning to my life, and now, witnessing others going through the same process, finding meaning, makes me feel truly blessed.
For those contemplating a change or stepping into a new chapter in their lives, I sincerely hope that my journey of becoming a teacher, and later, a teacher of teachers, provides insight into the ethos and core beliefs of the programs our school offers to all. When the time feels right, take the plunge.