My journey to being a Yoga Teacher
Unlike most my friends who wanted to be a doctor or an engineer, yes these were the two most popular choices back then, I had no clue what I wanted to be or do in my life. Absolutely no clue.
As a little girl I wanted to be a mama or a bride to that man on the horse, it was not about the man but about the horse or the sehra (veil) of the groom), and sometimes a teacher.
Never in my life could I have imagined that one day I would be a yoga teacher!
In my 12th class I had a good friend and I took up my college subjects just going by her choices. Obviously I had none of my own. I had done my share of research, reading career option related books, but more I tried more I was confused.
I finished graduation and then because of circumstance, yes that is not an error it was driven by circumstances that I went on to do my post graduation in management, made a short stint in the corporate world and then got married.
Married to an army officer, I picked up teaching assignments in management institutes wherever he was posted. And then the most beautiful miracle of my life happened, my daughter was born.
All through my teenage and adulthood there was one constant in my life, it was the yoga that I picked inspired by my mom. I practiced my asanas everywhere I went to college hostel, to my PG in Mumbai. I was always an early riser and I loved showing up on my mat.
I had no clue what kept me so consistent with my practice, otherwise a very inconsistent person. I practiced through pregnancy and then as a new mom. It was then that I realised the magic that yoga was in my life. With the challenge of parenting my daughter alone, yoga was what kept me strong and instilled the strength in me every day.
I started talking about yoga to everyone I met, giving them a zillion reasons to start a practice and inspiring many in the process. That is when a counselor friend helped me understand being a yoga teacher could be fulfilling career choice for me post motherhood.
Healing was what always attracted me and I wanted to help people heal. Yoga was the magic potion that had the power to heal all sorts of pains – physical or emotional.
And thus I enrolled in Yoga teacher training. Theoretical study of yoga was an eye opener and I just wanted to read more and more and share the knowledge with the world. I wanted to shout and tell everyone that yoga is not the asanas it is much deeper and there is so much more it can do for you.
Though now having taught for a while and met so many people in the field, I know for each of us to graduate from the physical aspects of yoga to the emotional and spiritual aspects will be our very own journey.
Today I love teaching yoga… it is not a job for me… it is my passion. At the end of the class when my students open their eyes and I see the calm and peace on their face, that is my greatest reward. As a yoga teacher it is my deepest desire to see them progress to spiritual advancement and not just complex, instagram worthy poses.
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