Life After Teacher Training
Integrating all of the fresh and yummy yoga ingredients you just acquired to make a truly delicious life. Letting it all marinate and soak into your bones. Like a good bottle of wine, yoga can taste sweeter with a little aeration. Giving the experience some oxygen and space to develop its own flavors and chemistry. These past four weeks, I’ve been taking some time to process, write, travel and take a moment to settle into my new groove.
Transformation isn’t easy. And everyone reacts to adversity and change in their own way. There is a cool analogy that talks about how different ingredients react to boiling water. The egg with its hard shell and gooey interior becomes hard and brittle, the carrot goes into the water rigid and reluctant and comes out soft and mushy. But then there’s the coffee. The coffee goes into the water, and it changes the water. Together they transform each other to make something new, a deep, rich and everlasting harmony.
This alchemy doesn’t just apply to a yoga training. Checking in after a deeply moving savasana or sitting session, and noticing the changes, is just a juicy as a 200 hour yoga training. We can’t predict what insight will come or what will grow when. Chemical reactions are happening all of the time. This is Svādhyāya at work, the fourth Niyama, of self-study and introspection blossoming to awakening to the soul.
I leave you with a quote from a good friend that made its way to my inbox this morning, “Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, but they are supposed to discover who you are”. So as we enter Spring and shed and renew with the rest of nature, let’s not rush or judge or pressure ourselves into change but give ourselves the oxygen, light and love to help us effortlessly blossom into our bright new flowers.
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Happy blooming lovelies!