At the beginning of this year I didn’t think I would go on any big adventures or have anything exciting planned. That all changed in May when I quit my job in Chicago, traveled around Europe for a month, explored Costa Rica and St. Lucia and moved to Southern California. The last few months have been completely life changing and once I started at my new architecture job in Orange County I thought that I would go back to my nine to five work life, instead an incredible opportunity presented itself.
“You will never find time for anything. You must make it” – Charles Buxton
When I first got to California one of the things I did was find a yoga studio near me. I instantly loved it and bought the monthly unlimited pass and continued to go to classes almost daily. During one of my first classes at the studio I was approached by the teacher, she told me I had a beautiful practice and should consider the yoga teacher training program the studio was offering. I smiled and thanked her but thought to myself that there was no way I could do the training since I had just started a new job. I asked her to send me the information anyway because at least I could get an idea of what the training was, how much it would cost and how long it would be. As I opened up the email I started to think that maybe I could do the training. Usually when you hear about a teacher training program it’s a month somewhere exotic and costs a couple thousand dollars. I had considered doing one of these but the time never seemed right and I knew it would cost a fortune. The 200 hour program offered at my studio has the training classes in the evenings and on the weekend which I could attend since they wouldn’t interfere with my work schedule. That night I went to bed debating in my head if I should sign up. The next morning I woke up and knew what I was going to do, go and sign up for the training program because why not. I’m going to be a yoga teacher =o)
Now it’s a day before my 200 hour teacher training starts. I am excited, nervous and also curious at how the next two months will be. I have always had becoming a yoga teacher on my bucket but never in my wildest dreams did I think I would get to check it off so soon. Sometimes you have things you want to accomplish in your life but don’t think you will because it could be something silly or there isn’t enough time. My advice is always keep an open mind about your goals and dreams, if an opportunity comes up take it because you may regret not taking that chance later on. I knew that if I didn’t sign up for the training I would probably be regretting it in a few months. I don’t plan on quitting my architecture job to become a yoga teacher, I want to do this training because I want to learn more about the human body and mind as well as furthering my practice.
The first time I stepped into a yoga class was in high school with my mom, she used to take classes while we were growing up and once I was older she invited me with her. On Tuesday nights for over a year we would go to yoga and I realized this was a form of exercise I enjoyed. I was never really into sports growing up instead I would go to dance classes like tap, ballet and salsa dancing. After I graduated from high school and moved out to Chicago for university I continued to go to yoga classes on campus but not as often because of my busy architecture schedule. My second to last year of school my friend mentioned there was a groupon for a studio in the city that we should try. I had been wanting to get back into practicing yoga more regularly so I agreed to buy the groupon. She and I never ended up going together so I went alone to give it a try. It was Bikram yoga so the room was 105F/40C and an hour and a half long class. This was heaven to me because after dealing with the cold weather I loved that I could spend ninety minutes in a room that felt like it was somewhere in a warmer climate. I continued to go to the studio for three years, attending some of their workshops, and making friends with other yogis. When I got to California I knew that I needed to find a studio right away but I had no idea that I would be starting my yoga teacher training program just a few weeks later after finding one.
The next few weeks will be super busy and I can’t wait to get started with my teacher training. I will be going to evening classes twice a week and Sunday afternoon and in two months I will be a certified yoga teacher! I promise to keep you updated on the process (you can follow my Instagram) as much as possible. I still can’t believe this is happening and that I am getting to do something I have been dreaming of.
X the Adventurer
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