What does being a yoga instructor mean to me?
Practicing yoga as an art form to develop, a better lifestyle which helps me to be balanced - mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It helped me to discipline my lifestyle from the foundation training. To calm my mind, slender my body, release toxic energy starts to freshen up mind. If one pursues yoga regularly follow the disciplined lifestyle becomes better you. It should develop a consistent habit in your life like a morning ritual. My intention was not to be a full-time yoga instructor but to experience teaching. When I taught I grew as a teacher. I started understanding how the body function.
I remember when I first made up my mind to learn yoga the night before I started. I was so excited, I wanted to learn yoga to make my life better. The next morning I woke up early, got ready to attend my very first class of yoga. I told myself, ”I am going to learn very interesting, a new skill which will bring more life to my being”. To my surprise, I was early in the yoga class. I rolled my eyes around, to see how many are joining this class. I could see no one in the class and yoga instructor said to me, are you seeking something I said “Yes”. I learned about me- I am a seeker. That’s how I realized teaching yoga was a vocation.
My Challenge: My health was my priority, being a mother of two kids. My attention was always grabbed by them. Due to physical activity which I kept on doing. I use to have neck and shoulder pain all the time. When I checked with the doctor. He said I had spondylitis, so my cervical nerves were always on the trigger. My personal wellbeing was very important for me to discipline my mind which helped my mental health and kept my emotions on the watch. As I was concern what people are going to talk about me if I choose to learn yoga? I told myself to prioritize my health first and listen to my body. To keep a watch what makes my body healthy and what makes me fit. I picked up yoga to support my system. I started being better each day in my practice. It helped me to discipline my thoughts and believe in myself.
Giving back to the Community: As a counselor/therapist and yoga teacher I always wanted to give my students and my clients the gift of Yogic knowledge for self-maintenance. I wanted to guide others to self-manage their lives. As simple as that to help others to manage their body have less pain and suffering.
Self-Mastery: Yoga is not only a modern type of self-improvement system but it disciplines our mind to master our practice. That practice became my lifestyle. It is a practice of self-care, it’s about healing self through self-discovery and self-acceptance. It helps to overcome an internal and external obstacle in everyday life. From each posture, my body needs discipline within and release toxic. I say Yoga is the mother of all self-improvement system.
Healthy Lifestyle: Yoga gives us a realistic view of holistic health. It moderates between diet and exercise. It is really hard for us to be perfect. Diet and exercise can challenge us every day if we set unrealistic goals. Have you ever met a person who is irritated because of a demanding diet? I tell you bad habits of modern lifestyle like party, social gathering do ruin your discipline. The best part is to listen to your body need first. Be mindful to the activity of your daily routine. Make a note of your activity and make a regime of yoga practice 45 minutes every day. See your lifestyle changes.
Yoga as art: I taught yoga as an art. Bringing your awareness of breathing with counts, with this awareness of breathing brings rhythm to your body. First foremost warm ups your body to the variation of sitting and standing posture, then bring your variation of bending posture that’s asanas. Breathing (Pranayama) inhale and exhale at the right pace while practicing yoga, boost the immune system, lower long term inflammation. Once your body is totally in the movement you will release toxins from your system.
My objective to let you know - I was so much in love with my work as a yoga instructor. I taught many classes a day. I learned to appreciate my talent, experience, and intelligence to help my student and extended my being to reach out to them.
Yoga is safe and it demonstrates loving, kindness, patience, compassion and tolerance. Yoga gives us a better quality of life, and I decided to share my knowledge with others. When you teach with loving heart any student could ask. Whether a teacher identifies with one of the above-mentioned categories, or not, is unimportant.