This past weekend I taught my first yoga class to the public and I loved it. I was scared to teach but once I was in the moment and I relaxed (as much as I could), things just went. When class ended, I was relieved and I was so excited because I could not wait to teach again.
I have dreamed of becoming a yoga teacher ever since I first started practicing. I knew, someday, it was where I wanted to end up. I thought and dreamt about it for years but the timing was never right, until this fall. Things worked out perfectly in order for me to begin teacher training this year. Looking back, I can see everything was leading me to the start of teacher training.
Now, half a year into the journey, I beginning to understand what is going on. It is starting to feel real. It is starting to feel like I am going to be a yoga teacher and I will be able to teach classes. I will be able to do something I always dreamed of doing. I will be able to share the practice of yoga with others. I will be able to do what I love.
This leads me to ask the question, why aren’t we all doing what we love? And what would our world be like if everyone did what they loved? One of my very smart yoga teachers asked these questions this weekend. There are a lot of answers but none of them should stop people from doing what they love.
We get caught up in this version of who we think we are supposed to be and what we are supposed to do. I have been there, I thought I was supposed to be a lawyer. It is hard to separate ourselves from who we think we should be or who others expect us to be. But when we try to please others and when we try to satisfy who we think we should be, we lose touch with who we are and what we love to do.
What is the one thing you love so much you would do it for free? What makes you feel passionate and sets your soul on fire because you love it so much? Whatever that thing is go out and do that. There are a lot of reasons not to do what you love, fear being the biggest one. But, to me, it is scarier to stay where you are dreaming of what could be and possibly never having it than going after what you what. The choice is yours.