Hi friends! It’s been so, so long since I’ve posted here—for no other reason than, life. I’ve remained active on my Instagram (@capitalyogagirl) but fell behind on my website. But today, I’m making an early New Year’s resolution to blog more. I’m usually not into New Year’s resolutions (especially when they involve cutting calories) but I think pushing myself to write more is always a good thing, both personally and professionally.
And … not to mention, I now have something exciting to write about! Drumroll please…..
I’M GETTING CERTIFIED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL YOGA INSTRUCTOR!
I apologize if you aren’t as excited about this new as I am, but it’s a big step for me. Why? For reasons I’ll explain later in this post. First, the logistics. The 200-hour training begins in February and goes through the end of May. I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time, but with a full-time job (and then some), I never thought it was possible. But as life will have it, my favorite yoga instructor at Vida Fitness in Washington, D.C., announced he’s teaming up with my former yoga instructor from Noma Yoga (before I moved) to host a weekend-only training class for people who work other jobs, like me! We’ll practice from 9am-6pm every other weekend and then are required to do certain readings and attend lots of yoga classes between that. Basically, I’m going to eat, sleep, and breathe yoga, which I really can’t complain about. (Yet.)
In order to apply, the instructors asked that I write a statement about why I want to become a yoga instructor. So for my first post about this experience, I thought it would be appropriate to share that essay. Wish me luck and stay tuned–a part of me doesn’t know what I’m in for but if you follow my journey here, we’ll find out together! (Oh, and P.S.—they asked that we share a teacher or writing that has inspired us, which is why I included one of my favorite (semi-cheesy) yoga quotes below.) Enjoy!
My Yoga Statement
When I stepped onto a yoga mat for the very first time, I never imagined that five years later, I’d want to become a yoga teacher. To this day, I’m still not sure that I want to teach, but what I am sure of is that I want to deepen my practice, mentally, spiritually, and physically. I started yoga for the physical aspect, and growing up a gymnast, that always came easy. The mental and spiritual side…that was a different story. I had my own religion and never understood the meaning of “om,” but I quickly realized that yoga was transforming me from the inside out.
Yoga is the only part of my busy, often stressful day that I’m able to take fully for myself. While that might sound selfish, I’ve learned that bettering myself makes me a better person to others around me. Since starting yoga five years ago, I’ve become a happier, healthier, more balanced human being. In college, I often had mental break downs where I couldn’t control my emotions. Sometimes, I didn’t even know why I was crying. It wasn’t until I began practicing yoga that I was able to process those emotions and actually appreciate them, both the good and the bad, the happy and the sad.
While I’ll admit the prospect of teaching a room full of yogis scares the bejesus out of me, over the past year, I’ve found myself wanting to share the light. Yoga has given so much to me that I feel a responsibility to pass it on—to my friends, to my coworkers, and even to complete strangers. But whether or not I become a teacher one day is not what’s important to me right now. Right now, I simply want to learn more about what this practice has to offer.
The writing I’d like to share is short and sweet—and admittedly, a bit cliché. But to me, it means the world.
“We learn to bend so we don’t break.”
I honestly don’t know who wrote this or where it comes from, but it speaks to everything yoga is for me. Life is unpredictable, and yoga has taught me that being flexible is the best way not only to survive it, but to thrive in it. If becoming a yoga teacher enables me to pass that on to others, then, well, Namaste. This is where I’m supposed to be.