Yoga Teacher

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Yoga Teacher

When I was about seven or eight years old, I made a list of what I wanted to be when I grew up.

At the top of the list was “author.” I wanted to write books for a living. I wanted to spend my days weaving powerful stories my readers would be captivated and inspired by.

But in case that was too far-fetched of a dream, I also wrote down “editor.” Because if I couldn’t write for a living, I could at least read other people’s stories, and help to improve them.

And if it turned out reading all day wasn’t too fun, I decided I could always become a “director.” I had a bossy streak in me, and the idea of telling people what to do for a living while still getting to engage my creativity sounded like a little slice of heaven.

“Yoga Teacher” wasn’t on my list. I didn’t even know yoga existed. I couldn’t have imagined it as a possible career choice.

And yet, here I am.

Looking back, I find the connection between my three choices, and my current reality.

Creating sequences is much like writing a book. My heart and soul bleed onto the blank page, every pose fitting into the arc of the class, which looks much like the arc of a story. There is the opening meditation and “puttering” poses—the “rising action”—all leading up to the “peak pose/energy” —or the “climax—followed by the “cool down” (the “falling action”) and finished up with svasana, Corpse Pose, (or THE END). 

But the creation of these sequences would not be possible without an editor’s precision and eye for detail. Like an editor, I take a sequence and tweak it to near-perfection. I find what works and cut out what doesn’t, so there’s a nice flow to it.

And then, like a director, I lead others through the creative flow.

Just like that, all three of my wishes come true. I am neither just an author, or editor, or director. I am all three at once.

What about you?

How have you become the person you imagined you could be when you were a kid? Or how have you not?

Channel your inner child. Connect the dots from there to now.

You might just find you’ve gotten more than you bargained for in the best possible way.

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