YTT

Faith

IMG_1153 When I opened Greensboro Downtown Yoga, it was a creation based on faith.  There was not a crystal ball telling me I wasn't going to go bankrupt, nothing to re-assure me that I could make this work.  No-one actually saying "Alisha we want a Vinyasa yoga studio in downtown Greensboro".  This was blind faith that I had something others could get behind.  This business is not mine.  Not really, it belongs to the other teachers that teach at my studio, it belongs to the students coming to class and it belongs to the many people who have supported me in one way or another in building this particular creation.  The neat part it is that it's not done growing!!  The momentum is fantastic and the numbers are trending in a way that I think this could be our year.  There still isn't any re-assurance that I can make this work long-term, it's still scary, unnerving and a heck of a lot of work on top of a full-time job.  What keeps me going is that not only do I love yoga, and love teaching yoga, but I know that this studio is bigger than me.   Ultimately the studio doesn't belong to me anymore, not really, it belongs to all of the people who's help and support I've received in building this business.  The studio belongs to all of the teachers I work with at the studio and all of the students that show up on the mat for themselves in the space that has been created at Greensboro Downtown yoga.  All of those people give me faith.

Yoga, it's powerful.  It can rock your world if you let it.  I'll warn you, it can spark destruction and creation, build friendships and help bring relationships to an end, pull out the best in you, shed light on the darkest parts of your being and transform your life, if you are willing to let it.  If you are willing to embrace what it reveals and do the work.  My faith in that lead me to open the studio.  My faith in the power of yoga lead me to open Greensboro Downtown Yoga.

It was faith that has led me to entice my friend Andra into helping me create a teacher training program for the studio.  Faith that the students of Greensboro Downtown Yoga are ready to take their practice to the next level, faith that there are those in our community that feel the calling to share this yoga that they are so passionate about with others.  A teacher training program is a big piece to the puzzle of a successful studio.  So once again I'm creating something based on faith.  I have the faith that you need this program in the way that I needed to create it.  It's not mine anymore.  It's out there now for you to be a part of.  Come be a part of this creation, come deepen your practice, tap into the faith within yourself, that your desire to share yoga with others is legitimate.  Honor the wisdom within yourself.  Take the leap, come be a part of our growing community in a deeper way.

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Teaching Students to Become Yoga Teachers

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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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