Lately, I’ve been realizing the freedom I have now that I am teaching yoga full-time. I don’t have a regular 9-5 office job. I don’t have to wear suits, dresses or makeup everyday. There are days, I don’t teach until noon. Talk about getting a lot of beauty sleep! I can plan out my week so I can take different aerobic classes when I am not teaching. But the down-side is I make enough money to pay my rent and bills. I don’t have much spending cash and I do have to pick up a part-time job as a hostess to have some ‘fun funds’. I am so grateful for the fact that my yoga clothes is being provided by Lululemon because I am an ambassador of one of their stores. Ahh, like any other girls I love clothes – even if it’s high-end spandex 🙂
I am in training this weekend to teach a new high-intensity total body workout called Jungshin Fitness. As I was chatting with other instructor, I realized that I don’t have anything to fall back on – my body is my source of income. Giving up a full-time traditional corporate career is one gutsy thing I’ve done in a really long time. I am teaching yoga because I love it and I am a testament that it can change lives. I want to be able to make a difference in people’s lives, whether it be big or small, if they know it or not – I want to be able to inspire people as I had been inspired.
During the Jungshin training, I felt invigorated and inspired. I was aware I was judging myself and then judging the other participants. Then I had to check-in with myself and say, “Stop the judgement, this is new and you’re learning a new skill and so are the other people here. Chill out!” I had so much fun learning the cutting techniques and when we went into sparring man, the inner Ninja in me came out! Oh yeah…we use a 41″ wooden sword in class. I have never done anything like this before. The first time I took a class, I was praying to make it out alive and I was only 15 minutes into it. The training was fun, informational, challenging and I left feeling like I had accomplished so much. I never thought that this is what I would be doing as a living. There was a time when shopping was ‘exercise’. Now, if I don’t break a sweat, I don’t feel like I am working out. Interesting how people grow and change.
On the last day, we had about 10 minutes to teach. I felt nervous which was interesting because when I teach, I feel like I am sharing something I love with my students. One of the participants did the training a few months ago so she helped me with my teaching. It was great to get some coaching because I wasn’t 100% sure about my form. She was so kind with her feedback and I learned so much from her. I realize now that I didn’t use any of her tips during my teaching but I felt a lot more comfortable saying the cues we were taught. I realize could fall back in my yoga world or use the skills I have learned, add in Ha-spice and really be with my fellow trainees.
I am happy I did the training. I felt like a fish out of water but it was good to know that I survived (with some scraps and bruises) and one day I will be teaching Jungshin and see the excitement in my students eyes that is still in me when I pick up that wooden sword!
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