I received a call yesterday night that a friend of mine (actually she is a friend of my secondary friend). She has been practicing yoga for years and she found that her passion is more on sport and one of it is Yoga.
She attended some classes in the fitness center which almost lost her interest in yoga as it was merely a physical exercise. But she didn't stop exploring until one day, she attended some classes conducted by western teacher and they are teaching Bikram Yoga. As what she mentioned, Bikram Yoga is a 1 and a half hours session with 26 standard postures all together. That was where she found her love and passion as she finally realized that yoga is not merely some physical exercise or body flexibility, but is more than that.
She has recently quit her job and thought of fully involving herself in becoming yoga teacher. The question now, HOW??? HOW TO BECOME A YOGA TEACHER?
From the conversation that i had with her, she kept mentioning that she is only know BIKRAM YOGA and she is not sure whether it can fit into the market as Bikram Yoga is not so famous in Malaysia. She worried that the yoga that she has learned and the only yoga that she has learned might not the same as what other teachers or studios are teaching. She felt unequipped, lacking of confident, doubting herself and lack of faith.
It was the sharing i had with her:
never doubt the belief and faith you have in yoga or what you have benefited from yoga which is not only physically, but more on the deeper part and meaning of all those postures.
After all, posture is only posture. So, yoga is yoga. no matter what "TYPE" of yoga you have learned, as long as it makes you understand more about yourself, understand that yoga is not merely body flexibility, it is mind flexibility and many more. then it is the yoga that you are going to share.
We are NOT teaching!! remember that!! we are sharing... sharing means share WHAT WE KNOW, not what we dont know or share what is it suppose to be, but we have no idea of it. If so, what is the point of sharing. it is not sharing then, it will be imitating.
Everyone has different experience, share what we experienced. that's all.
As a student, we are learning, as a teacher, we are learning too. just that we have one advantage which is able to share yoga with others. different aspect way of learning.
After sharing with her, this is the finding that suddenly popped up:
Have the heart of sharing this good karma with others. At sometimes, we will realize that there is no I AM SHARING. It is just sharing and be it. At a certain point, we will also realize that in becoming a yoga teacher, Yoga teacher is just a name or a title. It doesn't have any special meaning as it is just a name or a title. Maintain the equanimity towards the name or the title. As such, whether we are yoga teacher or not, whether we are sharing or not, whether how many student in the class, how many student that we are teaching, how big or small the class is, whether student able to accept the way or 'type' of yoga that we are teaching, whether this is the 'style' or 'type' of yoga that other studios or teachers are teaching, same style or different style, IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE. IT MEANS NOTHING. As such, there will be no more doubt of what we teach or share with others. Because, we are clear of what are we doing.