Why do I want to be a yoga teacher?

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On first reflection I was sure I knew the answer to this question. In the end, the amount of time it has taken me to compose this one blog post shows that this one little question will definitely need continuous reflection as I go along my journey.

In the corporate world developing an "elevator pitch" is quite common as a way to summarise and introduce yourself if you meet a new colleague/boss in the lift. Who are you, what do you do and what do you stand for. And although i'm now on the first step to moving away from the traditional corporate track, I think this ability to succinctly introduce yourself and your values is still useful in any walk of life. Because, if we are honest, our ability to clearly explain our values and passions to someone else, is often directly linked to how well we actually know what makes us tick...

So, what is my yoga intro? Why is yoga important to me? What do I want to give as a yoga teacher? Why do I want to teach? What would I say in my yoga teacher elevator pitch?

All of this thinking was prompted last night by reading an article from a well-known yoga teacher I have a lot of respect for, Rachel Brathen. In her latest article on Elephant Journal she was reflecting on advice she gives to new yoga teachers, and how her go-to advice has evolved over the years.

Rachel clearly believes in the value of new yoga teachers finding their own authentic voice, but she also suggests all new teachers should reflect on the following question. Why do I want to be a teacher? She advocates that for yoga to really help bring change in the world, and for teachers to distinguish themselves as their unique selves, we truly need to know the answer to this question. So I took on the challenge.

But first, I actually went back one step and asked myself "why do I love yoga?". I know the crux of teaching is about sharing a passion, so in order to really grasp what it is I want to share and empower others with I needed to spend some time here first... So here it goes.

I love yoga because...

Yoga teaches me connection between breath, body and mind.
Yoga invited me to start asking bigger questions about life and why we are all here.
Yoga teaches me body awareness.
Yoga reminds me again and again that there is no other time than right now.
Yoga helps calm my busy mind.
Yoga makes me physically stronger.
Yoga makes me mentally stronger.
Yoga encourages me to be playful and creative.
Yoga has opened up my life to infinite learning possibilities.
Yoga is helping me get to know myself.
Yoga introduced me to a wonderful and genuine community.
Yoga inspires me to think more carefully about what I consume.

This seems like quite a long list! And I expect over the years this list will always evolve. 12 points which I will continue to think about as I go.

So now, for the next question. I have reflected on why I love yoga, but what does this mean for my teaching? Why do I want to be a yoga teacher?

I want to be a yoga teacher because...

I firmly believe that all/any aspect of yoga can help every individual in some way.
I want to share my experience and learnings to inspire others to follow their own yoga journey.
I want to build and contribute to a community.
I want to work for something I believe in.

This is definitely a starting point. And I expect in the next years there will be edits and additions to these reasons. I am starting outOn first reflection I was sure I knew the answer to this question. In the end, the amount of time it has taken me to compose this one blog post shows that this one little question will definitely need continuous reflection as I go along my journey.

In the corporate world developing an "elevator pitch" is quite common as a way to summarise and introduce yourself if you meet a new colleague/boss in the lift. Who are you, what do you do and what do you stand for. And although i'm now on the first step to moving away from the traditional corporate track, I think this ability to succinctly introduce yourself and your values is still useful in any walk of life. Because, if we are honest, our ability to clearly explain our values and passions to someone else, is often directly linked to how well we actually know what makes us tick...

So, what is my yoga intro? Why is yoga important to me? What do I want to give as a yoga teacher? Why do I want to teach? What would I say in my yoga teacher elevator pitch?

All of this thinking was prompted last night by reading an article from a well-known yoga teacher I have a lot of respect for, Rachel Brathen. In her latest article on Elephant Journal she was reflecting on advice she gives to new yoga teachers, and how her go-to advice has evolved over the years.

Rachel clearly believes in the value of new yoga teachers finding their own authentic voice, but she also suggests all new teachers should reflect on the following question. Why do I want to be a teacher? She advocates that for yoga to really help bring change in the world, and for teachers to distinguish themselves as their unique selves, we truly need to know the answer to this question. So I took on the challenge.

But first, I actually went back one step and asked myself "why do I love yoga?". I know the crux of teaching is about sharing a passion, so in order to really grasp what it is I want to share and empower others with I needed to spend some time here first... So here it goes.

I love yoga because...

Yoga teaches me connection between breath, body and mind.
Yoga invited me to start asking bigger questions about life and why we are all here.
Yoga teaches me body awareness.
Yoga reminds me again and again that there is no other time than right now.
Yoga helps calm my busy mind.
Yoga makes me physically stronger.
Yoga makes me mentally stronger.
Yoga encourages me to be playful and creative.
Yoga has opened up my life to infinite learning possibilities.
Yoga is helping me get to know myself.
Yoga introduced me to a wonderful and genuine community.
Yoga inspires me to think more carefully about what I consume.

This seems like quite a long list! And I expect over the years this list will always evolve. 12 points which I will continue to think about as I go.

So now, for the next question. I have reflected on why I love yoga, but what does this mean for my teaching? Why do I want to be a yoga teacher?

I want to be a yoga teacher because...

I firmly believe that all/any aspect of yoga can help every individual in some way.
I want to share my experience and learnings to inspire others to follow their own yoga journey.
I want to build and contribute to a community.
I want to work for something I believe in.

This is definitely a starting point. And I expect in the next years there will be edits and additions to these reasons. I am starting out and these 4 points feel true to me. Let's see how things evolve over time :) 

Would love to hear from you and why you love yoga and teaching? Why do you want to teach yoga?