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I can’t tell you how many people have asked me why I want to teach yoga. Why would I leave my well-paying and highly respected corporate job...to teach yoga? Why would I waste all the education I worked so hard for...to teach yoga? I was even told that there are so many yoga teachers and yoga studios out there already; the world doesn’t need another one.
If hairdressers and restaurants took on this same advice there wouldn’t be 3 of each thriving in my small town of 5,000 people. They had a passion with a vision and they went with it. And the world made space for them.
Yoga has become so popular that it is offered in the workspace and schools, at homes for the elderly and rehabilitation centers. Yoga has also become so commercialised, with advertisements of people with the perfect yoga body doing the perfect advanced yoga pose in the perfect yoga outfit, that many people are intimidated to even try yoga. I have met several people over the years who have told me they are not flexible enough or strong enough or fit enough to do yoga. I have never owned the highly coveted Lulu Lemon pants and probably never will, as that is not what yoga is about for me.
Yoga is not about the shape of your body; it is about the shape of your life.
Yoga brings me back to who I truly am. Yoga simplifies my life. It brings me out of the sometimes obsessive thoughts in my head and back into feeling my body. It brings me closer to my more difficult emotions, which helps me process them and let them go, freeing up space for the feel-good emotions.
Life makes sense when I am on my mat, and each time I practice yoga I bring a little bit more of that feeling of clarity and grounding back into my life off of the mat. It is no coincidence that it was in yoga class that the idea of becoming a yoga teacher broke through the walls of my heart and traveled to the realm of my thoughts.
And that thought, of sharing the beauty of yoga with others, of helping others to benefit like I have, kept nagging at me, despite the naysayers, or the fear of change, or the intermittent self-doubt.
I now have the opportunity to use my business knowledge and experience (think strategy, P&L, marketing, tactics!), no longer within the safety net of a corporation with a paid salary. I am challenged to go out of my comfort zone, to feel the fear and do it anyway. To face the uncertainty that comes with being an entrepreneur, even if on a very small scale.
These are the facets of business that I read about in business school but never had the opportunity to practice until now. It is exciting to be able to draw upon different parts of my education than before, following half of the guidance and throwing the other half out out the window, being brave enough to follow intuition and heart instead.
Have I mastered all the lessons I want to teach? Not at all. Most good teachers will admit that they must continually work on practicing what they preach. We teach what we need to learn, and some of the deeply ingrained habits and thought patterns we want to change take years of practice to reprogram. But there is a deep knowing that I have something to share that will be valuable to someone, hopefully to many.
Check out my classes at www.michelleborner.ch/yoga. Try out a class. Share with your friends. The world might not need another “yoga teacher”, but it certainly needs more community, more consciousness and much more love.
Michelle Borner, a mom on 23 missions, blogs about her Deep Thoughts on a wide range of topics from parenting to conscious living to lessons from brain cancer.
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