Monday, July 3, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: I Don't Want To "Teach" Yoga....

Last week after teaching, one of my client's who also takes my TRX and Yoga class, asked me "What took you so long to teach?"

As most of you know; I have been practicing yoga for over 10 years and was always hesitant to teach. I was nervous that if I began to teach, my love for yoga would be tainted and I would lose my passion for it. Working in the fitness industry can sometimes take a toll on you and I didn't want the same thing to happen if I began to teach.

Last summer that all changed and I began my Yoga Teacher Training journey (currently in school for my 500 hours)....

But guess what? I still don't want to teach..

When I roll out my mat in front of the class; I want to SHARE yoga with my students. I want to teach from the heart and share my practice with them, in hopes that it inspires them to take their own personal practice to a deeper level.

I truly believe that when you "teach" yoga, you're are not connecting with your students. You come into class with your agenda and forget about the people that are sitting in front of you. But when you are sharing it with them, it's a closer connection.

Now don't get me wrong, all my classes are prepared before hand and I practice them every single day, leading up to when I teach them. When I am practicing the asanas at home; I make sure to say everything out loud so when I do step in front of the class; I don't have to actually be in the front of the room. I am able to just say the cues out load while I walk around the room and connect with my students.

For so long I believed that because I have social anxiety, I would never be able to be a yoga teacher and it always held me back. Now I know that when I am sharing from the heart, the anxiety melts away and all I feel is pure joy....

Watch my video below to know hear more about my journey and why I don't partake in July 4th (don't worry, I am still a proud American!)

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