Wednesday, October 30, 2013

What Do You Want to Do with Yoga?

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Leave behind the comfortable. Find a way to make it harder to go back to what you’re used to than to go forward into strange, exciting, but uncomfortable new territory.

Get rid of the possibility of comfort, so that the scary journey you want to take is your best choice.
—Leo Babuta, Zen Habits

My heart did a little flip in my chest while reading these words over at Zen Habits today. As my vinyasa teacher training goes on, and as I grow deeper in my practice and more connected to my yoga community, the question arises: where do I want to go from here?

And my soul calls with a resounding and startlingly simple answer: farther down the yogic path!

I so want to teach, falling more and more in love with yoga and all it has to offer, the way it opens me and brings peace. I am called to share.

I met up with one of my most inspiring teachers last night to chat about the path toward teaching. At one point in the conversation he turned to me and asked, “So where are you in your yoga career?”

And I laughed. “Um, two weeks in to my first training?!” I said, and he nodded in a way that told me he knows what it means to be in that place of beginning and to see the horizon in the distance.

I couldn’t help but smile because all of a sudden, I could imagine the wonder and thrill of realizing my passion, of having a career in yoga. I can picture it. I can feel it happening already.

I am living it now, embodying my voice as a teacher, making connections and considering the possibilities of where I will teach.

He also asked me this: “What do you want to do with yoga?”

And as I’ve turned that question over and over in my head, I see that the answer is simple: give it away. Let it fill me up. Let it allow me to serve.

Yoga draws me deeper to that place of truth, of inner knowing, of spiritual connection. Yoga humbles me. I want to do whatever I can with it. And I plan to.


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