To Be A Teacher

I am writing this for the me out there that was longing but unsure. The me out there, that 9 years ago ached for something that felt like I wasn't good enough to actually have. The me that was broken and scared and hurting but was also being saved by the practices of Yoga. The me out there who felt discouraged by yogis who seemed to have some sort of supernatural power of calm and grace that I did not even remotely know how to tap into. This is for the me out there who was given the message multiple times that I needed to fill in the blank with some thing that I didn't have or hadn't done first before I could teach yoga. The me out there that thought that I could not possibly deserve a spot in a teacher training let alone actually end up teaching.

When I finally worked up enough courage to take a training, the common rhetoric was that yoga teacher trainings were not really about becoming a yoga teacher. That they were about all of these other things. I felt like this only added to my already tentative feelings about teaching. But I followed suit along with everyone else and whenever I was asked if I planned on teaching, I gave the appropriate response of "probably not" or "oh, I don't know, I'm just interested in learning more about yoga".

I finished that training. Took more. And am still taking trainings and two things are abundantly clear. Yoga teacher trainings are transformative and are most definitely about teaching yoga.

You hear a lot about self-growth and love and rainbows and happy similing people. Which is totally part of the story. It makes for good headlines. But I wanted to tell this side of the story too.

Because I know there are people out there that are like I was. A bit scared and unsure but curious and hopeful. And they want to transform their life and meet new friends AND maybe, just maybe, teach some yoga too.

So this is a shout out to my former self. The girl who was stumbling through her life but had a fullness inside that longed to be released and thought that maybe being a yoga teacher could possibly be the way. A path to share the profound gifts of these teachings that had quite literally saved her life.

And I believe we all have gifts.

So maybe you have that little voice within you. And there are so many reasons why you should take a teacher training. There is community and self-growth, personal practice and life transformation, and simply a better understanding of your body and how it moves. But we can't call it a teacher training if teaching isn't part of the package too. If you have the calling to carry Light and share it, whether you do so in small community classes or you end up traveling the world, I say, SHINE ON! Carry your torch, be proud, and welcome sweet friend to the best job ever!

It all begins September 19th, 2016.

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