Do you ever find yourself so focused on reaching a goal or objective that somewhere along the line you lose sight of why it was important in the first place?
I realised recently that I’d fallen into that very trap. I’d been diligently building my teaching schedule over the years but when I took time out to pause and reflect, I realised that some of the ways in which I was teaching yoga weren’t fully aligned with how I want to share the practice.
I’ve never been good at feigning passion for things - hence my career in advertising was never destined for greatness - and I became a yoga teacher partly so that I’d no longer have to make compromises.
This is why I’m grateful every day that I get to spend my life sharing practices that I love and truly believe in.
But in my desire to be a ‘successful’ teacher and build a sustainable income doing what I love (not always easy) I lost sight of what was important. I compromised.
I took on a number of classes teaching an approach to yoga that I wasn’t truly passionate about and this became increasingly draining on my energy levels.
In fact I ended up getting quite sick which, ironically, was what gave me the opportunity to pause and reflect. The wisdom of my body was telling me something that deep down I knew all along.
And so…I made the decision to let these classes go.
It can be difficult and scary to let go of things - even when they’re not serving you. It’s unsettling to move from the familiar to the unknown...
But if we bring it back to the core principles of our yoga practice, it’s only when we recognise and remove blockages that we can find a sense of freedom and flow.
So whilst it’s a bit unsettling, it also feels very liberating to be refocusing my schedule as it gives me time to focus on a number of exciting projects for the future.
And whatever happens I won’t make the same mistake of compromising on my approach to teaching again.
It feels good to be back on track.