Sharing Yoga & The Importance Of A Regular Self Practice

Sharing Yoga & The Importance Of A Regular Self Practice

November 12, 2017by

Sharing Yoga & The Importance of a regular self practice

When I think back over my yoga years, practicing for 15 plus and sharing yoga (I still don’t feel comfortable with the term yoga teacher!) for coming up to 8, it’s interesting to observe and reflect on the ebbs and flows of my own personal practice.
So here is the thing. These last 8 years where my yoga practice and knowledge has not been purely just for my own balance, mental and physical health, but also to share with others who wish to come along and enjoy the yoga space with me.
On average I can see anything from 50-80 yoga friends each and every week. I am very lucky to have these friends, especially here in remote Cornwall! I still wonder why on Earth they want to come along and hear my babbling! but they do, and I’m very grateful for that 🙏🏽
It has been this consistency of teaching that has allowed me to grow into my (I’ll honour it!) teacher’s shoes. I began with a small box of good enough tools to share and over the years that box has expanded some. Teaching is when the real learning begins and the tool box begins to grow😊
However, coming back to the point of this post! Just teaching alone and trying to maybe “wing it” without actually having a regular self practice (I am talking asana, pranayama and meditation practice)in your own life can really play havoc on your mind as a yoga sharer. Consciously it just isn’t enjoyable, doesn’t sit well. You feel like a bit of a con to be honest. I say this from experience. Over the past 8 years of teaching (ah its becoming a little easier to own that word!) I have definitely dipped in and out of this total discipline.
There have been weeks where my own practice would consist of maybe half an hour 4 or 5 times a week. I was almost trying to squeeze it in somewhere, in between the chaos of work/family life.
Luckily, I always bounce back to the realisation that to really enjoy teaching yoga to others and to be authentic and true to this ancient gift, we as teachers have to be truly dedicated. Practice for the love of it, practice for the sake of practicing. Make space each day for your self practice. Enjoy longevity as a yoga teacher🙏