I can’t believe there are only two weeks left of my 200 Hour “Expand Your Practice” Teacher Training at yoga80. This has truly been such an amazing journey to not only becoming a better teacher, but also becoming a better, more well rounded me. I’ve learned so much about my own body and how to cope with stressful times in life. One of the things that has helped me through times of stress or hardship is knowing that yoga is always there for me. Even the act of taking a few deep breaths can bring a sense of calm and relief. Reegan has shared with us how yoga has done the same for her, and any time I’m feeling overwhelmed I hear her voice in my head saying “yoga is always there for you.” Even just doing a two or three rounds of sun salutations can bring you out of your head, and a few minutes later you’ll think to yourself what was I even upset about?!
This last week of our teacher training was great. We are diving more into mock teaching, our own practices, and I’ve had quite a few breakthroughs in my own personal practice. On Sunday afternoon we had a workshop with Jackie on chakras. Yet again, I had another insane and unreal experience, and the more I believe in the ability to “see” the future, the more those things actually come true. Have you ever had a goal you wanted to reach, so you visualized it every day and then it came true? Do you find the more you believe you have control over the future, the more good comes your way? Well, I do! It seems the more I believe in this sense, the stronger it becomes.
At the beginning of the class on Sunday Jackie asked us to go around and do a little introduction so she could get to know us a little bit. She wanted us to share our favorite pose, our nemesis pose and our favorite color. Of course, when it was my turn I shared that my favorite pose was dancers pose (pictured left) since I just got my leg straight, and my nemesis pose was forearm stand because I couldn’t do it (SIDENOTE: a week later and I’m holding my forearm stand!!). Then, I went on to share how my favorite color was turquiose.
Later on in the class, she had us all close our eyes and visualize something we need in our life. She wanted us to see what it looked like, feel what it would feel like, and keep that in our minds eye. Then she came around the room with a small box with stones in it. Keeping our eyes closed and still visualizing what we needed most in our lives, we each picked a stone. As I reached in to pick one, I could feel at least 6 other stones. She asked us to keep our eyes closed and just feel the stone in between our hands. Slowly we all opened our eyes to reveal what we picked out. My first reaction was to laugh… I was staring down at a turquoise stone! Needless to say, I wasn’t all that surprised. A smile came across my face because turquoise (or blue), is associated with the throat chakra, which is everything that I’m missing in my life. It’s the thing I struggle with the most, and I felt a sense of gratitude to know exactly the direction I need to head in.
So I guess the moral of the story this week is that the more you search and explore life to become a better you, the more it will come back to you. Life will give you exactly what you need if you believe in it and let it happen.