After graduating from The Yoga Institute in March 2017, I was ready to start teaching right away… Not really. I immediately went back to the US and thought I would try out my new found skills and knowledge. It's amazing how the ego wants to sing when it has a lot to say. However, out of fear, I decided to wait before getting in front of a room full of students.
Instead, I practiced everyday for a year with as many instructors and in as many studios as I could. Several teacher’s inspire my teaching to this day. Yash Tonga with The Yoga Institute Indore, Deepak Pandeyji with ANAND Yoga, Rahul Ramola with The Yoga Institute Powai, Iftekhar Ahmed Farooqui with ISVA Yoga Academy and Ajinkya Meher with Ajinkya Meher Yoga are just a few of the teachers that molded my teaching style and the person that I am today.
Every one of them is uniquely different from each other in personality and teaching style. The one thing that binds them is purpose. The are not trying to make yoga bodies. They are in the business of transforming lives because it is their dharma or duty. They are vessels that show you a road to freedom of the mind.
I sat in their classes and workshops like a sponge soaking in everything they had to say. I started to be present to my body while it was relaxing during asana practice. I started to hear my mind quiet down the thoughts of self-doubt and sabotage. I started to just be.
To be continued…