These are all examples of daily moments of transition. This time of year is full of change. A couple weeks ago we set our clocks ahead. The days are lighter, the weather warmer. I find people are coming out of the cocoon of winter & spreading their wings into spring. Awakening.
Some transitions in our lives are by choice, whereas others are thrust upon us. The end of a relationship, a change in careers, a death in the family. These are transitions we mostly hold on a different level than those of blossoming spring gardens & enjoying start of baseball season. Yet these transitions too are important moments in our lives, not to be swept away under the rug of our minds.
I was asked by one of my “yoga-sisters,” Brittany Wallrath, to participate in a feature on her blog focusing on the transition from working in a corporate environment to pursuing teaching yoga full-time. In the interview I express how I never looked at following my bliss at a career choice. When I left my corporate job in recruitment & human resources all I knew was that I wanted to dive more deeply into yoga & eventually teach. I’d taught ballet for years so knew I’d be comfortable with the teaching part. I wanted to fully immerse myself in all things yoga & figured the teaching would come. I never thought about the money or building a career.
The transition was a challenge. I had been impulsive & left my stable job without a plan of where I would get benefits or forseeing how my lack of income would change our living situation. We made it work. It was a practice of patience & letting go. Yoga teacher training was a practice of looking in & integrating all that I learned into my daily life (off & on the yoga mat). I gave up my debit card & delt only with cash. Online shopping was a thing of the past; a habit to fill my urge for instant satisfaction. The teacher training program I enrolled in was a yearlong course. I was able to fully integrate what I learned into my life. My life slowed down & I became more present.
Transitioning into teaching was another period of great learning for me. It was like I was shot out of a cannon. I wanted to teach as much as possible. Looking back, I now advise new teachers to ease into it. Experience takes time. I see a lot of new teachers now trying to jump from yoga teacher training to holding workshops & teaching full-time. Perhaps their perspective is different than mine & they are looking more at yoga as a career. When you pay attention to the financial aspect of teaching yoga there is a demand to teach many many classes per week. I have seen many teachers get stressed over this issue & some lose their spark when teaching. I look at teaching yoga as a service to others. My intention is that this great lineage that was passed down to me can assist in empowering others to lead a more fulfilled life. With a pure heart I am able to release any expectations of what teaching can do for me.
To read more about my transition from the corporate world to yoga click here