Surprise, surprise! I’m going through YTT! For those of you who don’t know, that’s Yoga Teacher Training. And the best part about it…my mom’s doing it with me! How I convinced her of that, no idea, but I’m sure glad I did (teeheehee!).
As y’all know by now, I love yoga. But if I’m being honest, I NEVER saw myself going through this. Not because I don’t love it enough, I’ve just honestly never felt inclined to teach. Probably because I’m too nervous, truthfully…and not confident enough in my yoga skills. It’s one thing to give tips and tricks for individual poses, but a-WHOLE-nother thing to lead an entire practice. But here I am, signed up and SO excited. I can’t even tell you.
A few of my instructors actually suggested I do it. That’s what put the bug in my head. And then they continued to check up and see if I had committed… That’s what encouraged me to follow through. Because as they informed me, and as I’m realizing myself, YTT isn’t just about teaching. Maybe someday I will, and maybe I won’t. But regardless of that, I can’t wait to learn.
I’m at a place where I’m ready to deepen my practice. No, I haven’t nailed every pose I’ve tried. And no, I’m not even plateauing in my progress. But what I am doing is yearning for a deeper knowledge. Of the origin, and the breathing, and the health benefits, and principles. I want a “why” behind what I’m doing…and a light that I can follow.
Similar to my faith, yoga brings me peace. The two go hand in hand really… They both emphasize kindness, patience, compassion, contentment, calmness in the storm; placing value on who you are inside, versus external achievements or worldly idols.
I am not alluding to yoga being Christianity… The two are completely separate. What I am saying is that it compliments my Christian values; it steadies my heart, and silences my mind. And in those silent moments is when the Lord speaks. It works for me. It could work for you.
So, today marks the beginning of this YTT journey…and I can’t wait to share it with you. You’ll be the first to know of any major revelations, and my go-to during self-reflection. I hope to encourage you to deepen your practice…to remember that the benefits of internal progress far outweigh the external. And I would love to hear your point-of-view. Sharing with each other is what helps us grow.
Sports Bra – Target (old)
Yoga Pants – Aerie
Photography by Sara Magnolia