I waited a long time to finally participate in the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program at Blue Osa. Thirty years is a long time! I had so many doubts about believing I could teach.
Part of my problem was observing the pop culture of yoga and believing It had become obsolete. Yoga is young, and it’s hot.
My beginnings were Iyengar, but my practice had turned mainstream and I’d forgotten my roots. My body has been through some trials. I just didn’t think there was a place for me.
Interestingly, hot power is how I came to Blue Osa, and from there things just really progressed. I’m sitting here now, as I write this.
I came back to Blue Osa a year later and Yogi Aaron was teaching, and I had this like, huge AHA moment. He taught like my earliest, best teachers – and I signed up for teacher training a month later. It wasn’t just the insistence on proper alignment, and the philosophies of yoga he teaches, but Aaron’s classes are infused with spirit and love – can I say that? It was really the whole package, so to speak.
I think that the experience itself would be classified as one of those sacred things you hold close to your heart: to spill it would dilute the meaning. I will say that I had no pre-conceived notions of what to expect, but that what I got was so much more than I imagined.
I am back at Blue Osa, as a volunteer for the winter. I write, I teach yoga, I fill in the blanks….and I’m still studying and working on being a good yogi. YTT kicked my butt and my brain, and helped make me a much better, more focused, and happier human – a long work in progress….It So helps to have the right teacher.