I get asked a lot of really cool questions around why I do what I do… and I thought it was interesting enough to share a few today. Welcome to my Adventures in Yoga Teacher Training J
Q1: Why did you decide to teach Yoga Teacher Training?
Interestingly, like a lot of things in my life, I didn’t decide. It was decided for me by… let’s call it my “Higher Self”. When I was in the sharing circle at my own 200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training graduation this voice popped into my head and said “Get yourself together and prepare… You are needed to teach people how to teach yoga to others”.
My reaction – panic… “Whaaaaa??? Are you kidding? Me? Why? There’s gotta be someone else way more suitable… I don’t know nearly enough!”.
By that point in my life I knew enough to listen and so I prepared. I started teaching as much as I was offered. I found teachers with whom I could continue my yoga education. I dove in… and eventually it happened. In January 2007 I ran my first 200-hr Yoga Teacher Training through the City of Ottawa.
Q2: After almost 10 years of teaching YTTs, what inspires you to keep teaching?
It’s been a fascinating almost 10 year yoga teacher training journey. Each group is unique, each time the unfolding evolves, and each time I am different… as I too am learning and working on personal growth.
The first few years I was excited. Then the excitement wore off a little and I started showing up more from a place of wanting to dive deeper into the teachings and help others do the same. A few years after that it turned out I had developed some skill at it, and I was approaching it from wanting others not simply to learn yoga, but to learn to use yoga more skillfully. We sometimes have this thought pattern that “well it’s yoga so it must be good”… and I actually dis-agree. We aren’t living in a black and white world of good and bad, we need to broaden our understanding to involve the individual and their context – then we can determine what is appropriate and when, and what isn’t. And then with the Ayurvedic studies my Yoga Teacher Training program has evolved so much to incorporate those teachings… and now I’m in love with the teachings so much and passionate about teaching the YTT’ers about Ayurvedic self-care and the appropriate use of the Ayurveda and Yoga tools – it’s simply amazing to see the participants really understand the teachings at a deeper level. I love it!
I am most inspired by the participants… they are the reason I keep doing what I do. I love watching them grow, learn, and evolve. Some people take YTT to teach yoga, however not everyone does. And yet everyone grows from the experience of a YTT.
Their personal practices evolve to include so much more than postures… The compassion, letting go of judgment, the tenderness that comes from this shift is moving.
I love seeing the emphasis on self-care and understanding that it isn’t selfish. It is about building a stable platform so that we can be of greater service to our families and communities. Pretty much everyone I’ve ever met who’s done YTT wants to share yoga in some way outward – whether it be with their kids, their partners, their friends, or with strangers.
They learn to read their internal cues (their prana) much better, AND they learn to listen to the inner whispering of their hearts.
These beautiful souls inspire each other to live yoga in a much more diversified and pervasive way – on and off the mat… It’s amazing to witness.
**A big thanks to Amber and Olivia for inspiring me to write this blog. As much as I may be a Yoga Teacher Trainer, my students continue to be my best and most inspiring teachers. To all of you out there – eternal gratitude <3