Loved Yoga. Practiced it. Trained to become a teacher. And suddenly, one day I felt more like an impostor.
Not because, the art lost it’s joy or momentum. It’s just that my understanding was not deep enough.There was a certain stagnancy, in my practice and in my classes. I was not adding any value to the students, theerby feeling more like an instructor or Siri. My teachers had already inculcated the basics in all their students. So many a times, I felt like an imitation artist. The sequence of asanas was prescribed and I’m a keen observer, thus the instructions felt rehearsed.
But, day in and out; I continued my practice, researched more on yoga and continued taking classes. I was reading, practicing, trying new asanas-styles; but the inept feeling kept crawling back. I was so tempted to do another Teachers’ training to get more validation and accreditation.
Surrender. Repitition. Faith
But, I was loving my practice and the classes. And repitition is the mother of all teaching. Thus, after all the reading, teaching, there came a point, where I finally understood the practice of yoga. I understood the Yama, Niyama, Asana and Pranayam parts of Ashtanga yoga. I learnt to apply yoga in life. That’s when I finally felt like a yoga teacher, who could offer some value to the other practitioners. Long way ahead, but so much comfort and joy in the present place.
Finally, I have my own style. Finally, I have something to share that has been learned by experience. Surrender and thou shall be guided!
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