I have been so blessed and grateful for the opportunity to be the lead instructor for a 200 hours yoga teacher training and to create Choose2be yoga school. It has been amazing to spend 8 weekends with these 12 beautiful beings, like Holly, and also incredible to have 15 different instructors to come lead part of the training. It was alreadyIt has been a really rich and amazing journey in so many different ways. This Spring 2019 YTT was the second YTT that Choose2be had offered and had already improved so much from Spring 2018 YTT. Stay tune to see the headline and details from Spring 2020 YTT.
Part of the participants homework was to write an essay on the topic of their choice and they were aware that I would be posting it on my website. We also did an exercise in the first weekend to create a life affirmation and core desire feeling, I invited them to share it with us. I am so humbled and touched that I got to support these amazing beings on part of their journey and I am looking forward to witness how life unfolds for them.
Holly Mantra: I am a tree, whose love and calm nature encourages others to feel comfortable with themselves.
When I first arrived I walked into a cozy little room where everyone sat on their mats looking towards the door to see who would arrive next. I found an open place and unrolled my yoga mat, scanning the faces around the room, curious about whom these people were and what was their story? I’m not sure any of us knew exactly what to expect but I think deep down we all knew we were where we needed to be and that we would bonded in some way from this journey.
Over the next few days we were all invited to feel safe, and venerable with one another. The social boundaries that can sometimes inhibit us to feel connected as beings were broken down and one by one our hearts opened. I learned very quickly that others shared many of the same reasons and feelings that had brought me here in some way or another. I feel like we all wanted or needed some change in our lives and that we all needed to connect a little more with ourselves and perhaps others.
Over the next few weeks our layers continued to shed. We learned from our teachers, learned from each other, and learned from ourselves. And as I learned I realized how invaluable these skills were. I learned how to connect with my true myself and how to listen better to others. I learned new things about my mind and my body. And while further developing our own physical and spiritual practices, our group created a support network of beautiful warriors.
On this path I have connected with lovely people who share a slimier light, I have found encouragement, friendship and confidence. I was able to work through a tough patch in my life and embrace the power of I can’t do that “yet”. I’m filled with love and gratitude for our teachers and for all of the yogis in the classroom that empathically listened to me and supported me. I would like to extend a massive great big hug and thank you to Vero, an amazing woman, who knows the value in sharing this program and who works so hard to create this gift. I know that the effect of the lessons I learned will stay with me forever, and I’m excited to know that for me this was only a stepping a stone to a greater journey.