I've recently been learning more about meditation and how to bring it into my daily routine. As humans, we get consumed by the stressors of life. Whether it be our jobs, relationships or social media, we have a tendency to compare ourselves to those around us. Our insecurities run rampant as we try to figure out if we're enough. Have we reached the place in life we think we should be at this point? Are we trying too hard to live up to the standards of society? Regardless of where you are in life or how successful you are, everyone has these concerns. Meditating allows me to work through my thoughts and fears.
"Most people assume that meditation is all about stopping thoughts, getting rid of emotions, somehow controlling the mind, but actually it's much different than that. It's more about stepping back, seeing the thought clearly - witnessing it coming and going - without judgment, but with a relaxed, focused mind."
This quote speaks to me on so many levels. If you were to set aside even 10 minutes a day to reflect and meditate it would amaze you how much better your day would be. If you allow time for stillness and quiet to work through your own thoughts and feelings, then you're able to see yourself in a more positive light. You can address those insecurities for what they are and move past them. Once the insecurities and comparisons fade away and the positive energy comes forward you're able to better help those around you. By shedding these layers of ourselves we can see people more equally. Status doesn't matter. Everyone has different things they're going through. To me, meditating allows me the chance to truly work through my flaws so I can then be a light to those around me. If you're not working on bettering yourself, then others will feed off of that. Bettering yourself helps to better others, and as a friend once said, "there's no life to live being selfish." Help yourself so you can help others.
Meditate. Search your thoughts. Clear out the negative. Better yourself.
I have been so honored to be a part of the Summer Power Teacher Training with Crystal & Alexandria.
I have learned much more than I expected. I thought that this would be a “learn by the book” experience. It is so much more than that. It is a practice in inquiry and self-exploration. It is a practice of compassion for others and yourself. It is a practice of meditation in everything we do.
The first part of Training has pushed me beyond my comfort zone. It has made me think about Teaching in a completely different way.
Teaching is a special kind of practice. Teaching is a practice of engagement and connection. Teaching is a practice of honoring each person while helping them to learn new things about themselves through asana. Teaching is a practice of communication through feeling and movement.
I really didn’t know how much connection with the other practitioners was a part of learning how to teach yoga. I understood it on a fundamental level. I knew the teachers I had connected with, and I now understand why I connected with them. I also understand why some classes didn’t make me feel the same way others did as a student.
Of course, there is a certain amount of memorization that is involved. Learning the Baptiste Power sequence has been very empowering. Understanding the sequence through practice is something you cannot learn from a book. Anyone can repeat a set of postures, but until you have felt that hip opener, heart opener, backbend, or fold, you really cannot connect to the person practicing it in your class.
What I am working on is “being essential” by dropping unnecessary words to communicate effectively. What does this accomplish? A fast, effective flow for the student. Being essential also means finding the right words for the right times. Rather than forcing through practice , staying engaged with what the students need is being essential! It is all about helping you, the student, to create your energy in class.
I thought that teaching a great yoga class meant putting together all the right poses. Postures are for sure a major part of the practice (well, 99% of the practice….) and what is the purpose of Asana? To unlock our stressors and release expectation. If you allow your mind to focus on your flow, getting that perfect posture doesn’t even factor into the practice anymore. What matters is getting on your mat and getting your thoughts out of the way of your flow state of mind!
I cannot wait to help facilitate that for you! As one never becomes a “yoga master”, I never expect to be a “perfect teacher”. I do endeavor to provide fun, fulfilling, and authentic yoga practice for you!
See you on the mat!