I’ve just emerged from running the first TTC at Yoga Beach House as the lead trainer, an experience that has plunged me deeper into my yogic lifestyle and transformed the lives of 8 other yogis. For a few years I asked myself the question should I run a TTC, as I started to have a number of students ask me about becoming teachers. I sent them to the ashram where I first trained as I had such a transformation there. However, it became clear that this was not the experience of my past students. In sending them away I lost a connection with them and I was unable to support them as teachers going forward. So I stopped playing small and I created the Yoga Beach House TTC via the Yoga Alliance.
The experience of leading 8 yogis further down their own path to enlightenment has been one of the best of my life. Watching each yogi grow, spread their wings and fly, from panicking about verbalising sun salutation cues to teaching a community class of 15 people, I watched miracles take place before my very own eyes.
8 students arrived mid September, nervous, full of fear and judgments about themselves and each other, angry, emotional, missing home, doubting themselves. 8 teachers left mid October, their hearts and minds full, ready to share their gifts with the world, knowing that they have full support as they embark on their yogic career, something that I would’ve cherished having finished my TTC. The work that each one of them put into the TTC was humbling, seeing them tackle themselves, looking deeply into their own fears and emerging full of love. I cannot express how proud, humbled, honoured and overwhelmed I felt to be witness to this awakening.
What did I learn from this experience? That I want to do it again! It reinforced my own learning, helping me to be a better teacher, to not be complacent which is easy to do when one has been teaching for a while. It challenged my views on philosophy, anatomy and teaching practices enabling me to revisit what I already knew and reinforce my teaching.
As I soak up all these thoughts on my mat I rise up from child’s pose to see a flock of birds travelling south for the winter. My heart is full.