The Reluctant Yoga Teacher
|May 22, 2014||Posted by Jean Hoiland under Uncategorized||
(offering Teacher Training…really?)
I found yoga at the local gyms, took a few of Ramona’s classes at the SOMA Institute yurt. I mostly practiced on my own when no one else was around, headed to Seattle and enjoyed classes taught by Cheryl Davis and Penny Udhe at the Wellness Center.
In fact it was when Penny left the Wellness Center in 2003 that Annie Casey (original owner of Enumclaw Wellness) asked me if I would teach. I’m pretty sure I declined several times before reluctantly agreeing to her request. I was reluctant and a little fearful that teaching might “ruin” my love of yoga and interfere with my personal practice.
I had practiced yoga with some amazing people at conferences from Toronto to L.A. all of them with knowledge far surpassing my own and could not fathom doing justice to all that yoga offers. Nevertheless I enrolled with Richard Satchel in Seattle and learned Iyengar Yoga, and discovered exactly how little I knew about the physical practice of yoga. Sure I could muscle my way through very difficult power and vinyasa practices but I had no idea how to surrender and release in order to soar with ease in mind and body. Learning restorative yoga was mind blowing. I was astounded how delicious laying around on an assortment of props could be. I was amazed how gentle coaxing broke down physical restrictions way faster than stubborn forcing. I was hooked on learning more and ready, though still reluctant to begin teaching.
In my own little world I wanted to be hired because I was dedicated to my practice and exhibited the necessary skills to provide an excellent service to Annie’s business. The reality was Annie needed a teacher and I seemed like a good candidate cause she saw me haul my yoga mat into her facility day after day for over a year.
Life is like that. It’s not always what we know or how good we might be at something but rather who we know and being in the right place at the right time.
So…to make a long story short…I did not intentionally set out to be a yoga instructor. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time and someone took notice. I had another insane moment a few years later and decided to open Intent Yoga. Oh how little I knew back then.
After more than a decade teaching I am not so reluctant to call myself a yoga teacher. Teaching since 2003, many thousands of hours of experience and more hours than I care to tally reading, practicing and attending continuing education webinars, classes and workshops I feel confident in my skills to guide others on the journey of teaching.
Financially it’s not very lucrative but it is fun and rewarding. While I cannot with 100% accuracy predict who will excel at teaching and who will not I CAN with 100% confidence say you never know unless try. I invite you to contemplate if you might have what it takes to provide a needed service in our community and register for our Teacher Certification Program.