When my husband asked for my new year’s resolution this year, I told him I didn’t have one and mumbled something about needing to run a second marathon. In truth, I had something else on my mind: I wanted to get my yoga teacher certification in 2013.
Of course, I’d never say that out loud. I was full of excuses (it’s expensive, it’s too much of a time commitment, it’s expensive, I’m not strong enough, it’s expensive) and I just got the idea in my head that it was impossible. Teacher training was for girls with rich parents and women with rich husbands, not for people like me.
The next day, the teacher approached me after class and asked if I’d ever thought about teaching. I told her I would love to, and she told me I should consider it. It’s amazing how very small encouragements from others can have such a profound effect: I told Ryan about her suggestion, and we researched teacher trainings and considered it together. I talked to a few yoga instructors about the return on investment. I read everything I could about the instructors and the different types of training. My mom offered to buy back my sick little car and I worked out a payment plan with the studio. And just a few weeks later, here I am, signed up and ready to go:
Sharing my love of the mind-body relationship with other people is something I love to do – it’s why this blog exists.
It really wasn’t that long ago when I was unfit and unhealthy and made the tough transition into a healthy lifestyle on my own. Having the support through the rough patches and moments of triumph was critical, and I can vividly recall the faces and voices of the people who encouraged me when I started taking care of my body. I feel so blessed to think about paying that forward: helping people through the rough patches, sharing in their achievements, and helping students get better acquainted with themselves.
There’s a lot more to say on this, but I just wanted to share the quick update with you all before going back to studying for my (last!) Praxis II exam tomorrow. Wish me luck!