You’re a Yoga Teacher. Congratulations! You have practiced and worked hard to gather strength and knowledge about the body and all that yoga can do to bring balance and harmony to it. The work you have done is, in itself, a personal reward and you are so happy to be able to aid others in the same kind of beneficial journey. Have you formulated a compelling response to those who ask about yoga and why they should participate? Here’s a few ideas:
Physicality – Yoga brings students of many different physical levels together and allows learning from each other’s different body types and strengths. We all know of certain poses we’d rather avoid. As you learn more about those poses and the different modifications for them, you may very well be able to approach them from a different angle and ultimately embrace them and the new strength they encourage.
Community – Delving deep into your own spiritual and physical practice allows you to support the journey of those around you and create a support network of yogis.
Spirituality – Many people who deepen their yoga practice leave with a spiritual practice rooted in the understanding that we as people are all very connected even if we share different beliefs. Yoga serves to help quiet the mind and attune to ourselves. This awareness provides a means to live a more conscious lifestyle and focus on what matters most.
Peace– The body awareness that is involved with yoga also teaches yogis to constantly breathe. Because breathing is a somewhat involuntary activity, most people underestimate the power that lies in purposeful deep breathing, especially in times of stress and turmoil. You can prevent knotted muscles and pain, as well as unfortunate actions/words towards others by simply taking that deep breath.
Focus- It’s a common topic but so true, the chaos in which our efficient, technology-driven lives can become entangled. We attend to many different tasks within a matter of minutes and what is neglected is our ability to give full attention to one thing for many moments. Yoga is absolutely a viable solution to re-sharpen our skill of focus and attention.
Anchor- Whether you ascribe to a certain religion or not, all people need something they recognize and commit to that is larger than themselves and that is a constant in life’s ups and downs. The practice of Yoga and the community that can be formed around it serves as a brilliant way to help people cope with life.
In conversation with your next prospective yogi, you may reflect on these talking points, or they may lead you to share your own unique experiences with yoga and the beautiful reasons why you teach it. We need more dialogue that is focused on helping ourselves and each other. What a gift you have to offer to those around you who notice your vibrance and peace! May you go gently into those shared moments. Invite more people to your practice and all its benefits with membership in the new, online marketplace of thebiggreengym.com. Find those who are looking for what you can offer at thebiggreengym.com today!