Today I had the privilege of teaching a yoga class to an Air Force unit! I was so excited in anticipation because I haven't taught extensively, so this was a wonderful opportunity to practice my skills while also serving the brave individuals who serve us.
Last year around this time, I spontaneously decided to take a yoga teacher training program at Yoga Garden. I've practiced yoga in some capacity for about sixteen years, however it was more peripheral than central to my workout routine. In order to register for teacher training, I told myself that I had to do yoga every day for five days, sort of like a five day challenge. I had previously been consistent in my practice for three months and was looking to deepen my relationship with yoga.
I entered into the class with very few overarching expectations on what I wanted to achieve or if or how I wanted to deploy what I learned. It was a big time commitment, and my non-work life was almost exclusively yoga teacher training for about three months.
Coming out of it, I can wholeheartedly say it has definitely been time and money well spent. Deepening my yoga practice has been rewarding for many reasons. In addition to a stronger physical practice, I've emerged from my training with a sense of quietude and grounding that was always there but perhaps untapped.
Yoga has helped me deepen my understanding of who I am by giving me access points for self exploration. Teaching is my way of sharing this process and spreading my enthusiasm for what yoga has offered me. I'm also able to cultivate skills like speaking in public, holding a space, and clarifying thoughts aloud, things that are sometimes scary and challenging for me.
The majority of the classes I've taught at my studio have been very small so teaching an Air Force unit of twenty-five people was intimidating and a daunting endeavor. After graduating from my training program, I thought of ways I could use yoga to give back to our community, and share the practice with others. For instance, I'm putting together a class for veterans who may be able to use yoga as a modality for relaxation and PTSD treatment. Sharing yoga with our brave servicewomen and men is another way of giving back in my mind.
I was so grateful for this opportunity because most of the day's students were novices so it was awesome to introduce yoga's benefits to a whole group of people and spread the yoga love!
Here are some photos from the day!