As I told you guys in my recent post Honey, I’m Home, I have recently started training to be a yoga teacher at CorePower Yoga here in San Francisco! I’m so excited to share my experience and my progress through my yogic journey with you all, and I hope that my journey will help to encourage you through yours!
I want to begin my Yogi Diary by telling you about what yoga is to me, explaining my relationship with yoga, and my reasons for doing Power Yoga Teacher-Training at this point in my life!
Ever since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed attending the occasional yoga class here and there. I have always had somewhat of an affinity for it, although as I have gotten older I have become less bendy and my balance still leaves a lot to be desired. One of the things that resonates with me about yoga is the spirituality of it – I am endlessly amazed by yoga’s ability to bring the spirit and the body in sync with one another. I like to think of it as a physical expression of spirituality. I also admire the spirituality of yoga because it is the most accepting spiritual community that I can think of. Unlike any other spiritually based activity, group, or community that I know of, yoga welcomes everyone of all genders, abilities, races, religions, ages, sexuality, socioeconomic groups, you name it and you’re welcome to participate.
Beyond that, and back to the mat, yoga is one of my favorite forms of exercise for so many different reasons. I love that yoga is both an individual experience as well as a shared experience if you’re in a class setting or working with a practitioner. Whether you attend yoga class with someone you know or go alone, you still get to have a totally individual experience while also feeding off of the energy from everyone else in the class. I also love that it is something you can practice on your own, anywhere you go, and with little to no equipment or required materials. Yoga enables you to cultivate your muscles and your bodies versatility and strength in an extremely enjoyable and relaxing way. It’s endless variations, poses, modifications, and challenges offer people at every ability level the opportunity to benefit from yoga. There is nothing like the feeling of laying in a peaceful Shavasana (or corpse pose – just laying flat) at the end of a challenging yoga class; feeling totally loose and relaxed, clear headed, muscles warm, breath full and focused.
As you can probably tell, health and wellness is my passion. This stuff is my JAM, I love it and I can’t get enough. Like I said before, I have always loved yoga and it has always been a daydream of mine to picture myself teaching a yoga class and having extensive knowledge of the practice. When I came back to the Bay Area, I realized that this is my opportunity to really explore my “daydreams” in a real way, and possibly make them a reality! That’s why I jumped at the opportunity to participate in Teacher Training at this crossroads in my life, even though my practice might not be as strong and versatile as I would like it to be.
My schedule right now is very demanding, with 3 hours of teacher training after work on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday as well as trying to fit in at least one class every day, but so far it’s been nothing but rewarding and energizing. I’m proud of myself for perusing my dream and my passion even though it took a considerable amount of planning, time crunching, and saving, and I can’t wait to continue to share with you my journey and my evolving relationship with yoga!
For now, Namaste y’all 🙂 Stay zen!