Teaching Students to Become Yoga Teachers

Yoga Mutt Grads
Yoga Mutt Grads

This particular post has been attempted to be written 3 times unsuccessfully in the past 6 days.  It's been 6 days since Greensboro Down Town Yoga's Yoga Mutts Foundations workshop ended.  6 days ago my life was changed for the better.  For the first time in my 32 year and 2 months on this planet it's apparent to me that I'm doing exactly what I'm supposed to be doing.  Hallelujah!    I've been searching for the right words to share with all of you, but these words still seem inadequate, so I'm posting anyway.

Finally I've caught up on sleep and had enough time to reflect on what exactly took place during our workshop last weekend.  Personally I've been to many many yoga workshops in the last 7 years.  I've also been to enough workshops to know that these yoga weekends will change the lives of the students taking them.  Yes, if you are looking for a sign to take a workshop, retreat or finally pull the plug on a yoga teacher training program this is your sign.  Do it now, don't wait, it will change your life.

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Retreat, workshop, 200 hour YTT they will rock your world.  You might not even notice the change as it's happening, but I guarantee you will start to think differently.  I've experienced this first hand, I've taught it and now I can say I've watched it happen.  What I was utterly unprepared for was having my life change powerfully by teaching our Yoga Mutts Vinyasa Foundations weekend workshop.  When I think about the students who are embarking upon the journey of becoming teachers, I know they don't have the slightest clue where this path is going to lead them.  I sure didn't know where my YTT would lead me.  I also didn't know that teaching students to become teachers was going to be one of the most moving experiences of my life.

It's humbling to have the privilege of watching someone stand in front of their peers and attempt something scary like teaching a sun salutation for the first time.  It's astounding to watch personal transformations and personal epiphanies happen right in front of your face.  It's also wonderful to know that the stars are aligning and you as a teacher are doing a good job and no one needs to tell you "good job, or thank you" for you to know that you did it well.  There are few experiences in my adult life where I've utterly known in the core of my being that I nailed it.  With the help of my incredibly insightful and brilliant co-director Andra LeBauer (who also nailed it) we taught in a way that gave the students space to learn, question, shine and grow which is what it's ALL about.

I'm surprised to find that teaching teachers is my calling, but it is.  This is exactly what I'm supposed to be doing.  Have you ever had that feeling before?  Truth be told these days all of the pieces are all falling into place.  The days are incredibly long, but they are abundant with the right stuff.  Greensboro Downtown Yoga is so much more than simply a yoga studio to me, it's a place for community, discussion, connection, and transformation not just for the students coming to class but for me as well.  It's my passion to share yoga with my community.  For the first time in my life I know that I'm definitively in the right place, at the right time, teaching something that is bigger than me and it turns out I'm good at it.

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