Good Monday morning everyone!
You might remember from this post that I showed you some of my favourite yoga poses. Well… I have more favourites! I’m also going to tell you a little bit about why I love yoga – and why I want to obtain the 200-hour yoga teacher certification starting this April. 🙂
As I extend my arms, stretching my fingertips as I sweep them into a prayer position above my head, I can’t help but think of how yoga makes me feel. Empowered. Calm. Confident. To me, yoga is not about shedding a couple pounds or becoming the world’s most flexible. Unlike doing deadlifts at the gym or taking a jog, yoga is about connecting to myself. Rather than hurrying from one task to another, with efficiency being the primary goal in mind, yoga is an outlet where I can do my best in a judgment-free zone.
“What’s so good about yoga?” The quick, easy answer is that yoga makes me feel amazing – and I want others to feel that way, too. Becoming an instructor would allow me to teach others the importance of self-awareness, presence, and focus, in addition to helping them celebrate the beauty and power of the human body. Although I love telling people that I’m addicted to yoga, the response I typically receive is: “I wish I was flexible enough”. I cringe every time I hear these words, but always explain that yoga is beyond simply a series of poses.
The word “yoga” seems to conjure up images of intimidating headstands and pretzel-like positions – none of which I can actually perform, and that’s okay. Instead, I love yoga for its ability to relieve my stress, improve my balance, and prevent injuries. Thanks to yoga, I always remember to breathe during exercise (or when I’m feeling frustrated!). Of course, this majestic form of exercise has also taught me to concentrate, push my limits, strive for “one more breath” in each posture, and coordinate my mind with my body.
Becoming a yoga teacher would mean more to me than just helping people unclutter their minds and achieving their physical and mental goals. With a certification, I will not only be able to discover harmony within myself, but also inspire other yogis to explore spirituality. Furthermore, I want others to realize that yoga is more than sitting in a lotus – it’s about discovering the limits of your mind, breath, and body. Yoga detoxifies my mind as much as it refreshes my body. My self-growth has increased exponentially since starting yoga over a year ago. My confidence and poise, both of which disappeared after I stowed away my figure skates, started to build up again. Each time I leave the studio, I feel a little stronger, a little braver, and as if another little part of me has been reinvented.
Unlike most 18-year olds, it isn’t hard for me to imagine my dream life in a decade. Although it is still early for me to declare what I aspire to do for the rest of my life, I have started to devise plans and goals, like a meaningful-but-complicated road map. First of all, I love food. In other words, I am seriously dedicated to preparing and analyzing my meals. Evidently, I have always wanted to go into the field of dietetics.
The problem? I hate desks. I hate sitting, and I hate cold, boring offices. Cubicles are the worst. I could never, ever visualize myself entering data into my computer for hours, shoulders hunched over a desk, with only the company of an overhead fluorescent light and the monotonous hum of a printer. Becoming a dietitian-slash-yoga instructor would also allow me to interact with people and continue writing regularly on the blog, all about life, happiness, and recipes. Dietitian, healthy-food blogger, and yoga instructor mesh together beautifully, and I think these three facades will enable me to do my best in helping others achieve their health goals.
I am certain that becoming a yoga instructor will allow me to be myself and learn so much – all while having fun and enjoying the present moment. Cheers to another beautiful year, a year of happiness, and moments of meditating on our mats. Namaste.
- Have you done yoga before? Do you like it?
- How does yoga make you feel?