YOGA IS TAKING OVER MY LIFE!!
It’s been a while since I’ve had the time or head space to write a blog. Why? Because I have started Yoga school for my yoga teaching training diploma to become a yoga instructor. And because of this I am currently eating, breathing, sleeping, talking, dreaming Yoga. I wouldn’t mind but it feels all-consuming to the point where everywhere I look I see Yoga….AHHHHHH it wasn’t meant to be like this! Or was it?
Truths about becoming a Yoga Instructor
At the beginning of January I embarked on a 12-week intensive training in order to call myself a fully-fledged yoga instructor. So juggling everything else in my world, including my beautiful little people, I find myself here….sat at my laptop, distracting myself with writing this blog so I really don’t have to find out and learn what a ‘Peronius Tertius’ is. Now it’s been a very long time since I have worn the hat of student, and I have to be honest and say I am struggling. It’s not just the insurmountable homework tasks (including cropping and placing millions of photos of me doing various yoga postures- more of that later). It is the alarm ringing just before 6am on a Sunday morning, the dark, cold and normally rainy drive to North London with the dread of a four-hour advanced yoga practice starting at 8.30am ON A SUNDAY MORNING. There are parts of the four hours that are fabulous, I’m just not sure which bits right now. This is followed by an afternoon of anatomy, physiology and the practical element of how on earth you teach these postures (and how on earth do I remember all the Sanskirt names?!)
Four weeks in and I sometimes think I might end up rocking gently in the corner if the word Yoga is mentioned again, or another photo that I need to add into my 729th (ok I may be exaggerating) class plan JUST WONT CROP TO THE SIZE I NEED IT TO BE!
And Breathe…………..because breathing my way through this (a little bit like child birth) seems to be my only option. That and crying hysterically, which I have done on a couple of occasions. With 8 whole weeks left of the joys of being a student (and not a very good one at that) I am pulling on all the possible resources I have to get me to the other end of this journey. I know I WILL complete it, I know I will become a yoga instructor and I know there will be more tears and tantrums, and I know I have to remember that it WILL be worth it.
There are always learnings from things we find hugely challenging. We get to look at ourselves and see just how strong and determined we are. And I am; determined that is. What doesn’t break us makes us stronger right? There is an end in sight and I know the accomplishment will itself be enough. I can’t think past that moment, and at some point I need to, because I will be a yoga instructor, and one that would like to put all of this into practice. So if anyone out there is up for some yoga coaching let me know….I might just know of someone who could help.
Julia Montague – Yoga Instructor <Soon!