Tis the season, right?
Give it about a week or so for the Christmas hype to die down, and the talk of New Year’s resolutions will begin to take over. Everyone intends to be a brand new and improved person on January 1st. “New year, new me”, right?
Whoever came up with the whole concept of reinventing yourself in the new year is a marketing genius. The fitness and diet industries are undoubtedly grateful for it. Every January, a plethora of new clientele, all eager to become better people! Listen. I’m not going to go on another rant about how much I dislike the idea of new year’s resolutions, especially those concerning becoming “healthier”; I did that last year. If there are positive changes you want to make in your life, by all means, go for it, go nuts! I just think you should be choosing to do so because it makes you happy and because you genuinely want to, not because “it’s the new year!!” and you feel the need to fix all your “flaws”.
That being said, I am actually making a pretty exciting (to me, at least) change in January!
Since completing my first Yoga Teacher Training in 2016, I’ve been teaching one night a week at a small local studio. I can’t even express how grateful I am for the experience I’ve gained there. Susan took a chance in hiring me on – seriously, I was just some weird girl emailing “hey, do you need a yoga teacher?” – and I am so, so grateful she did. If I hadn’t started teaching at My Happy Place, then, I probably wouldn’t have ever gone on to do anything with my teaching certification.
Now, I’ve got two years’ worth of weekly beginners’ classes under my belt, a handful of pop-up/special event classes taught (including a community event this past week with nearly 70 students!), and my 200-hour Yoga Alliance Certification earned. To say I’ve come a long way since my first terrible, awkward, mess of a class is an understatement. I feel so much more confident in my teaching, and genuinely LOVE being in front of a room full of yogis, and it’s in large part thanks to Susan giving me that opportunity.
So as 2018 ends, I’m a little sad to say my time at My Happy Place studio is also ending. It’s become a guaranteed source of happiness on my Tuesday nights, and I’ll miss seeing the regular students that I could count on seeing each week. Bittersweet, I suppose, because I’m also very happy and excited to begin the next part of my yoga journey.
I’ve been taking classes with April of Sisters in Fitness for years – ever since I started doing yoga way-back-when, actually. In the least creepy way possible, she is everything I aspire to be as a yoga teacher. Which is why I feel so, so privileged to be becoming a part of her Sisters in Fitness yoga team! Starting in January, I’ll be teaching one class a week with them. I’m expecting much larger classes than I’m used to, and that kinda terrifies and thrills me at the same time. The expectations set on me feel larger as well, and that’s also pretty scary-exciting. It’s a big scary step, but ultimately I’m very, very excited about it.
So that’s my new year’s new news – sorry for the lack of deep yogic wisdom. Just wanted to share a little of my excitement and keep you all in the loop! I promise something more profound and philosophical next time (maybe. or like…something about cats).
Anyway, thanks for reading.