To be totally honest, I never thought I would teach yoga one day. I’ve studied the law for 5 years, and practiced it for a short while, and it turned out I was not made for this kind of carrer.
I’ve started practicing yoga seriously 5 years ago but I never thought I would be “good enough” to teach it. “Good enough” is a weird concept when you think about it. What makes someone “good enough” to teach yoga?
The seed was first planted by a good friend of mine 2 years ago. She just told me: ” you should do a teacher training, you have a regular practice, why don’t you do it?” I was just practicing for 3 years at that time, and it really felt inappropriate and pretentious to even only think about teaching yoga to people who were probably more into it, for a very long time.
But the idea started to grow, and when I felt I was ready I did the training. Awesome experience, by the way! I was lucky enough to be part of an awesome 200h training where we were asked to teach to each other all the time, to be prepared, to have not only some yoga knowledge, but some teaching skills as well. I really recommend Tamal Dodge’s training at yoga salt.
And here I was after the training, a brand new yoga teacher in front or 5 students, teaching my first class. I’ve started with giving a few private classes to friends, and that was not too bad, but 5 students seemed a lot to me at that time. I had prepared the class, the music, the room everything but my heart was ready to jump out of my chest. But then I remember what Tamal said too us: “be yourself”, and so I did. I started to explain the pose (most of the students were beginners), the breath, the importance of alignment.. I started to joke, I was myself. And it was easy, well easier than I thought… I didn’t do exactly the sequences I’ve prepared, I realized that i had to adapt it to my students, but I loved it: going with the flow, try to discover their needs… I was, I am hooked!
Now 4 months and more than 50 classes later, I’m happy to share the gift of yoga with other people, and they look happy to receive it. My students are amazing people with different backgrounds, but they all agree on the fact that they feel amazing after the class. That’s the feeling I have at the end of a class when I go as a student , so I guess I’m on the right path!
Stay tuned for more yoga teacher stories! Namaste y’all!