One of the things that’s come up is the beautiful combination of life coaching and yoga and how they go together. Yoga opens up the body and life coaching opens up the mind and the heart.
I did two classes about purpose while I was here, and each time my friend and yoga teacher Tommy Rosen opened up the class with some breath work and basic yoga postures.
And I ended my last class with a long “OMMMM”. It was powerful because the combination of moving the body and exercising the mind and challenging limiting beliefs is a fun and powerful combination.
I’ve been so inspired that I am thinking about taking the next step in my education. Sometime in the next year I want to complete both Kundalini Yoga and Hatha Yoga teaching certifications. I’ve felt so called to learn more about yoga and this seems to be the right path. And experiencing the combination of the two can be very powerful.
Kundalini Yoga is primarily a breath-based practice that changes your consciousness by changing your breath. Hatha yoga is body-based, up dog, down dog, etc. When you combine them, you get a full spectrum experience. Adding on top of that the powerful tools of life coaching, and there’s something amazing that shows up.
I truly believe that true transformation comes not from knowledge, but from experience. When you have an experience, THAT is when life shifts. You can have all the knowledge in the world and it can be meaningless without an experience of what that knowledge is pointing towards.
Philosophy is beautiful, but experience is powerful. And what’s been so illuminating about this trip is to see the experience that results when you combine these powerful practices into one meta-practice.
I’m also keenly aware that I am both a teacher AND a student, as I believe everyone is. So, I am feeling called to continue to learn yoga, this time outside of the realm that I feel comfortable. I wrote that my yoga practices are not steady, so why not jump in, not just to practice, but to teach?
I’ve found that I learn the most when I am teaching something. I would like to consider myself a lifelong learner and someone who has an open mind and is always available for new and different information.
I’m excited to plan out the next year and see where the proper teacher trainings fit in – both Kundalini and Hatha-based yoga teacher training. It’s going to be so much fun to become a student again and learn something new.
You are indeed wise, where in your life could you drop into being the student?
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