Today’s #YMChallenge (#8) How will becoming a yoga teacher empower you & your community?
I was inspired by @tiffanycruikshank post about self-care. At age 44, I have found myself alone something unexpected and had shocked me to my core. I was now this single person with adult children. I was the caretaker, the giver, and the supporter of other’s dreams for so long. I needed to learn that only I could give the love I craved. I had to understand that in order to love myself I needed self-awareness and self-care. It was a very foreign concept. So I reluctantly began the lone journey of self-love, and self-care. With the help of a therapist, a group of wonderful friends, and THE most enlightened spiritual leader, Eckhart Tolle (audiobook – The Power of Now) I had to unlearn all the negative behaviors in order to create healthy ones. I am stronger, more confident, and know I can only control MY actions, feelings and thoughts.
Self-care to me is ensuring you make time for yourself and do what makes you happy.
So back to the question, how will becoming a yoga teacher empower me or my community? With my newfound strength, and resilience, I am determined to share my passion for yoga as a medium for others. Community is everything; you need to invest in your community. You are no stronger as an individual as you are as a community. In this era of internet/electronics we have become disconnected physically and emotionally. Yoga is a way to bring the community back together, to flow as one. I hope to share this with other yoga instructors in the area and begin larger events bringing more awareness to the need for physical and emotional connection. Integrative wellness has become the forefront of healing. I want to help people adapt the entire yoga philosophy and not just offer classes for the physical benefits. I want to establish connections with nutritionists and other modalities to provide a full service to those in need. I want to invest in helping others even when I cannot help them. I have mentioned helping the elderly in an older post, but I know there is evidence in helping patients who suffer with PTSD such as our military vets. (See comments for more)