11 reasons to do a Teacher Training:

1)   Remoulding Reality: There is so much we don’t know about what we know.  Having been raised in a culture that deeply values hierarchy and money, we have been secretly trained to hold rules that might be enslaving us instead of propelling us forward.  Our idea of success is buried in things that don’t touch the Soul, Yoga Trainings begin to ask more.  Begging the question again and again, is that true for you, are these ways of existing true for you? Some how in some way, something opens and all of a sudden the need to hustle and feel stressed about not having enough, transforms into “holy shit, I am so taken care of.” 

 

2)   Space Holding:  Ever feel like no one ever really quite listens to what you are saying?  Their physical ear is there, but they’re not hearing the words or the frequency beneath the words?   Well, Yoga Training, helps you to not be that friend.  As Teachers, we become guiders in Life whether we chose that or not.  When we begin to look at our lives with a higher resolution microscope, we learn things about life and the way it works and in that, we gain empathy, understanding, and compassion.  So, when friends and family come to you, you can actually listen with a tuned in ear to the pains they are speaking of without needing to try and push it away with statements like, “it’s going to be all good, he is a jerk any ways, or you’re going to be fine.”  Being able to Listen, is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, your community and humanity.

 

3)   To Live:  Yoga Training helps you to understand Life.  In this you gain the Courage to really start Living it - outside the bounds of who and what someone told you, you were suppose to be/do.  When we start to observe what the body is experiencing, it becomes a beautiful guide that moves you towards your authentic truth.  When we are in line with truth, ease arises, and the Dance of life begins underneath our feet.

 

4)   Freedom: I bet you, you often hear a calling for something more and you have been ignoring it for a while now and there is something deep within you that is getting louder and louder asking you to listen.  The Souls cry for freedom.  Answer that call.  The time for change is Now.

 

5)   Strength and SURRENDER:  Learning the pulsation of life can help you move through the tough times with more Grace.  Unfortunately (fortunately) tough times are an essential part of life and learning; imagine learning from the rough patches in a much less stressful and tumultuous way.  Not everything needs to be dealt with head on, Yoga can teach us to surrender to that which we can not change and to look a little deeper in order to see the truth of the matter, which is always humbling and filled with Powerful Teachings.

 

6)   Re-inhabit Intuition: Living in a society that is mostly based on lies, we have grown to stop trusting our intuition - that which guides us to who we are and our highest purpose.  This can lead us to wondering, “what am I doing, what is the point?”  Not knowing your purpose can make it really hard to wake up each day, moving through the motions that aren’t moving you.  Yoga Training can help to build Self-trust and Confidence to stand up for what you are feeling; as well as, offer a space for others to drop their lies and start moving toward speaking truth and having the strength to say the hardest of things.  Moving lies out of the body makes space for deeper movements and more profound moments in life.  Life becomes much more juicy!

 

7)   Dissolve Suffering:  Suffering exists due to undigested emotional experiences, which tend to inhabit the tissues of the body in the strangest ways.  As we practice asana, engage in breathe work, and meditate, these stagnancies begin to move, bringing emotions to the forefront giving us a chance to dissolve past happenings and release them from there grip on our day to day living perspective of life.

 

8)   Threshold meets Change:  Often, when we reach the edge of something, friction builds, it's hot, frustrating, and feels like it has the potential to collapse you, so we turn around and go back to what we already know and that courageous part of us turtles once again.  The cycle ensues.  What if, you learned to meet these thresholds and had skills to yield through them?  You may start to desire these times of great change instead of fear them.  Grace may begin to exist as a consistency in your personality. 

 

 

9)   Authentic Self:  Who are you? Be that.  Scary?  Maybe.  Impelling?  Most definitely.  Yoga Training can help you begin to move through life guided by what really serves you in all senses: food, relationships, work, and love life.  To live in complete accordance to that which you were designed for.

 

10)                   Navigation:  Yoga training teaches us how to begin chipping away all the built in patterns that we have created over time through our experience in this life.  How does one begin to “listen” to the inner guide, to have courage to follow it no matter what, to speak truth even when the voice quivers and the truth is hard.  Observing the journey of Yoga in the body-mind-spirit continuum teaches us so much, allowing us to start observing moments in a much more profound way.

 

11)                   Life becomes an Offering:  Empathy.  Through working on your Self, the vastness of what makes you begins to reveal itself and within that, we start to see that we are all things: crazy, wild, kind, and free.  It is only through allowing yourself to experience all of Life’s emotions, that you begin to make space for the uncalculated pathway of others.  Each Life, each Soul is having a different experience than you and your way and learnings may not be their way.  Once this is realized, there is space for you to not attach to their experience but rather joyously (sometimes frustrating) observe them as they unfurl, at their own special pace, way, and time.  Not to be corrected or fixed, only Loved through the process.  The Ultimate offering.

 

Any Yoga teacher I know or human that has taken a Yoga Training has said they believe that this should be a mandatory like program.  I agree. 

Integrity

Many are afraid of conflict, so they sacrifice Truth for harmony. 

We preach non-violence, honesty, non-stealing, non-possessiveness and yet we possess and steal the truth and leave those on the other side in pain. In our hearts we were trying to protect, but we have forgotten that protection from what is real is the most harmful thing we can do to one another. 

I am okay with conflict. I am tired of my intuition being stolen from me and my allowing of this to happen. We are all intuitive, we know a lie when we feel one and yet we've been lied to so much we no longer trust our intuition. 

There are many of us trying to regain this power, our siddhis, it is not easy as so many unconsciously lie, afraid that their truth isn't enough. 

May we all help each other feel enough, that our truth in this current moment is enough, and rest in the assurance that all of what we/they know now will evolve at its perfect pace. If you can't be in truth, question the path your feet are walking and let it change if it needs to change. 

You have choice, utilize it. 

Satnam ✌🏼️

Changes

                                                                          

Though I have titled this “changes,” I moderately dislike the word.  Or perhaps the way the definition of the word has come to make it seem like a negative thing.  I prefer the word “evolving.”  Evolving we define as simply growing, a process we are continuously enduring.  A process so beautiful and so full of lessons; with each lesson we get stronger, more compassionate, and kind.  These lessons are sometimes harder than we could ever imagine and they force us to stare into the good, the bad and the ugly, all of which are perfect in their own skin.  Watch how you define things.

When we begin to acknowledge our own states as being true to our self, when we understand that the cyclic flow of emotion is normal and that being sad, angry, mad, depressed, etc is beautiful and natural and we find honor in it, we allow ourselves to freely experience life’s essence.  In doing this, we recognize and have great compassion for the man across the street expressing his self fully and we no longer see him as crazy, we feel him and we remember what that is in our self and we experience pure compassion and connection to him.  We are ONE, brothers and sisters.

 

I have been very fortunate in the last couple months (well, I’ve always been very fortunate).  I have learned many things:

  • ·       The power of seeking “the lesson” in all events, good and bad…but always good ;)
  • The strength in doing “the work” no matter how horribly difficult it is and how many times I want to avoid it and let it store itself in my beautiful vessel, but decide to let out a stammering ROAR instead…mmm Roaring!
  •   Learning to love openly, with no need, no attachment.  There is much strength in vulnerability…
  • Learning to understand the intricate play of balance between many things, the masculine and feminine, work and play, studying and sun bathing, practicing and teaching, listening and sharing, doing and not doing, pushing and letting go.
  • Co-creating all that occurs around me, the power of the mind and its will.
  • Strength is in community.  I am so fortunate to have the friends and loves that I do.  I have always found saying “I love you” difficult, and I would hold out until I was 100% sure so as to not over-use such precious words, but I have found myself, whole heartedly saying “I love you” all the time lately.  I love you.
  • The love of really feeling emotions.  Watching them move through my body, so full of color and life. Experiencing them for what they really are…energy.
  • How nice it is to do for others with no currency, just a whole heart.  In fact, how much I dislike how everything (mostly) runs on a currency basis.
  • To NEVER fear my power.

 

I promise to continue to learn always and to share my experience and be open to hear yours.

May you open to your infinity.  You are powerful.  You are beautiful.  You belong.  You are already everything you wish to be, there is just some work that needs to be done to clean the sludge out of your body, blocking you from being pure love :)  Free yourself.

My Life Philosophy, so far

 

Listen to good music.  Eat good, ethical food. Make loving your partner a Spiritual practice.  Do what you Love, often…like all the time.  Grow roots so you can spend sweet time in community.  Find your people, the ones that “know,” and keep them close to your heart (friction is growth).  Buy books, even if you don’t read them, the opening of the cover asks the book to start teaching you (read or not).  Move your body, even when you don’t want to.  Discipline is not Hitler; Discipline is the action of devotee.  Get to know your self and know that there will be a period of selfish behavior in doing so and that is perfectly fine. Make yourself highly potent elixirs that offer your cellular body, nervous system, and endocrine system relief and vitality.  Enjoy living, especially during the monotony that can sometimes be physical life.  Root to rise and rise to root, the place in between is where the magic happens; they work together.  Get close with death mentally and emotionally, that’s how it’s possible to love deeply and in full freedom.  Know that when you’re being resistant, you’re simply denying yourself the ability to learn.   Work to refine and know that as you refine, you’ll come to realize, you have no idea what you’re doing.  Find people that share your type of humor and laugh your ass off with them, often.   Question yourself: why should you have a clue what you are doing? Remember that your philosophy will change as life passes.  Don’t be afraid to move things around, even if they look great, stagnancy is the death of the heart.  You don’t need to define yourself.  Attachment is nothing but slavery.  You are unique – be that.  The middle path is a beautiful place, perhaps, before you get there, you could learn the extremes and the medicine of them.  Be wise.  You have a purpose, some call it a Dharma - go there, the path isn’t easy per se, but it’s the only way.  Learn the frequency of Truth.   Don’t gossip - talk about real shit, with people down to get real. 

An interview with Breathe in Life

What is yoga?

Yoga is everything.  Literally everything.  How are you eating, how are you sleeping, how are you in relationship, in chaos, in turmoil, in joy..  It is the way we walk the earth and the way we treat it for the earth mimics the Self.  It is how you are breathing into this world and how you are allowing the world to breathe into you.  It is the way in which you respond to all that is around you, while maintaining the essence in which you are, never form fitting “who you are” to fit in.  Yoga is movement infused with breath, for breath is the healing agent that purifies the body.  What is yoga….. it is this, it is that, it is the everything in the nothing and the nothing in the everything.  The paradox, the dichotomies, and ultimately it is the context in which everything happens.  This doesn’t make sense?  Yoga is the seed at the bottom of all of this, that is unchanging and ever growing.

What to you is the most essential quality in a teacher?

Momentary admittance and presence with what is.


As a teacher, what is the core of your message?

We can be Free.  Freedom is in this reality, right now.

What is the biggest challenges yoga has brought you?

The observation and awareness of the ripple of my every action.

What are the biggest benefits yoga has brought you?

The ability to observe and be aware of the ripple of my every action; it is both a blessing and a curse.

If you could teach anywhere in the world where would it be?

I can teach anywhere… and it is awesome!

What is your favorite place on earth?

Wherever my Home is set up.  If I have a cozy place with all my teas and superfoods, I am pretty easy.

Who is God to you?

What a question.  God I hope one day sinks so deep into my heart that I can say from active truth that God is everything, everywhere, through all of time and space.  Right now, God is my guidance, my support system, my cheerleader, my elevator, my sustainer, my destroyer, and the one I devote my entire life to.

Other than people, what has taught you the most in your path?

The trees and the water.  Trees are steady and patient, always growing towards the light, not through dismissal of shadow, but rather through rooting so deep into the darkness of the soil they gain the deepest stability of all.  Water continuously moves with the forces surrounding it, never trying to force something to move in an unnatural direction or create something that is not.  It simply moves, cleansing and shifting it’s surroundings, yet powerful enough to create immense chaos, and permanent change.

What is love?

Love is Truth.  Love is allowance.  Love is freedom.  Love is space. Love is unconditional.  Love is maintaining your own sense of Self so you can stand steady in someone else’s truth, even when it hurts.  Love is consistency.  Love is sensual.  Love is ever learning.  Love is ever evolving.  Love is endless.  Love is selfless action.  Love is surrender.  Love is communication.  Love is deep honesty.  Love is the ability to listen with a steady, sweet heart.  Love is empathy.  Love is tragic.  Love is hardship.  Love is fight.  Love is perseverance.  Love is vitality. Love is clarity in action, direction, and word.  Love is showing up in all ways, always.

Even in following certain lineages, every teacher has their own delivery and style. How would you describe yours?

I see who has arrived and I teach to the common thread that binds that group together.  I look for what needs to be healed, what needs to be released, and what needs to be liberated and I do my very best to awaken the force that will aid in the purification and rebirth of what needs to move into fruition.

In which way has yoga most changed your life?

….that isn’t a real question… when one thing changes, every thing changes.  It has changed my life in every way and still is… and I have no idea about it.

What got you into yoga?

Wonderment.

 

 

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