I started out teaching a ton of group classes. I jumped in and I sometimes taught up to seven a day, which I am so glad I did. It gave me experience with a wide range of bodies and ages. It made me feel confident that I could teach by watching the amazing movements in the room. As much as teachers like to focus on alignment to keep students safe, focusing too much on alignment can bring forth the message that there is one way to do a pose. And this is certainly not the case.
I fell in love with yoga deeply when I was going through a lot of struggle in my life. I was getting tired of feeling sorry for myself and I tried all sorts of different things to get me out of my funk. Turns out, what I needed to do was sit still and see myself for who I really was (guess what, I still have to do this. All. The. Time.). By speaking the truth I realized I had to change jobs, change countries and leap without a promise of the stability I had been taught to covet.
Now I have almost one thousand hours of learning yoga, and thousands of hours of teaching yoga. I started my own yoga school, dedicated to small semi-private 200 hour yoga trainings (2016 involves a little break but any news will be presented on this webpage). I also teach seniors, restorative yoga, prenatal yoga, and yin yoga. The yoga world is a competitive world, and I sometimes do question my place in it. One thing is for sure though. I won’t stop loving it fiercely because it brings me back to myself and I see it bring my students back to themselves, which to me matters far more than being able to get your leg behind your head.
- you want a tailor-made practice that takes into account your body
- you would rather your practice reflect your mood and your ability that week
- you want to try new poses on your own terms
- you want to let a flow class match your own breath length
- you want more philosophy, more open ended questions and more of a relationship with your instructor
- ______ (your reason)
Your choice. I have trained in Chiang Mai and it can make for a nice end to the session from time to time.
Let’s end on a good yoga joke:
Q: Do you want to join me for a yoga class?
A: Namaste here.