I had a conversation with a fellow yoga teacher the other day. We discussed many things about ourselves, our lives, and of course, about yoga. As we came to the end of our conversation we talked about our different teaching styles: to align, not to align; to touch, not to touch; dharma talk, not to talk. As we said goodnight it lead me to thinking, why do we choose to teach in the manner we do? And ultimately, why do we teach yoga?
As I drove home, I thought about it. At 4:24am, I had an idea. I’ve been teaching for some time now, and my style has changed a bit over time. Perhaps moving a bit away from the shock and awe of my previous ways. I’m older now, and hopefully wiser, and I’m sure my motivation over time has changed too.
I ask myself again, why do I do it? It can’t be about the money, I don’t make a lot. It’s not about power or fame, I don’t make a lot of that either. It’s not about my health or well-being so much anymore; I got that pretty down now, I think.
It’s about my students.
I want to create a community of students and friends that lead a better life and have a better experience this time around due to their connection to their practice. I am passionate about the practice, about the connection, about the compassion, about the awareness that yoga can, and does, bring me and others every day.
My life has been changed for the better, by yoga.
Yoga can change lives. It can make you both emotionally and physically healthier, stronger, and more balanced. It can motivate people to make better choices in their lives. Yoga can light the way to be more compassionate, more serving, more concerned, more human. Coming from that place we can help others do the same. Yoga is not exercise, it’s a way of life.
Why do I teach yoga?
I am a yogini. Join me it’s pretty cool!