Why do I teach yoga? I was asked to revisit this question and the beginning of my beautiful yoga journey tonight. I scribbled down many answers in my journal before the group discussion, but when it came to answer, my response was completely different than the thought out written answer. My response came from the heart. ❤️ I came to yoga when my life looked wonderful from the outside (and it was is so many ways), but on the inside I was ultimately unhappy. I was pursuing a dream that my peers respected but one I had lost passion for. I was friends with many people who brought negativity and judgement to my life. And I was always concerned with the happiness of others, pleasing their needs before pleasing my own. I didn’t know how to be happy with myself. I only knew how to be happy pleasing and impressing others.
And that’s when I found yoga. Yoga taught me how to respect myself, how to find joy in my self, and how to love myself. I suddenly loved myself in a way I never had and it was such a beautiful and eye opening moment of discovery. And that love has continued to flourish ever since! Don’t get me wrong, I still have my moments of doubt, insecurity and judgment, but I now acknowledge when this happens and instead of going down it’s dark path, I move past it to that steady self love.
Now why do I teach? Because I want to share the love. This practice has brought me so much happiness, now it is my turn to pass that along. And the best part of finding deep self love, is that you love others more deeply too. And the more love there is, the kinder this world is. So by spreading love I feel like I am part of this incredible, gigantic wave, crashing its way through the world, changing every one with its force of love. I teach to add power to this gigantic wave of love. 🙏🏻💕