Seva began her class yesterday asking those of us who are in teacher training, “Why do you want to be a yoga teacher?” She commented that it seems like more folks than ever are signing up for yoga teacher training and she was curious about the motivation. A few people indicated that they weren’t really interested in teaching yoga, but enrolled in the training to deepen their own practice and understanding of yoga.
I was taken back to my second yoga class just last July (2006). I came home, looked at Brian, and said, “I found what I am supposed to be doing and I know I’m supposed to teach this.” It was that clear. I was that certain. And Brian … he smiled and nodded with that unspoken, “We’ll see!” skepticism that I’ve grown accoustomed to after 20 years of marriage. And rightly so … Believe me, folks, Brian HAS seen his share of my “flash-in-the-pan, I’m-going-to-change-my-life” ideas, which burn big & bright with the best of intentions like a giant colorful firework only to flame out and be replaced by some new great idea, some new fireworks. I didn’t blame him for his skepticism. But yoga was different. I knew it. And I knew time would tell.
More on “Why I Want to Be a Yoga Teacher” in a later installment … for now, I want to invite you, my friends & classmates & teachers, please post YOUR answer to the question, “Why do (did) YOU want to be a yoga teacher?” What’s your story? What motivated you to sign up for YogaYoga teacher training? Inquiring minds want to know!
To the teachers before us, to the teacher within us,