Updated: Sep 12, 2020
This is a time of change, of inquiry, and of caring for our community as a whole. During the last few months, it has been my honor to guide others in their journey to becoming a yoga teacher during what has been chaotic at the very least.
But in this chaos, our relationship with yoga and relating to life through the philosophy of yoga – using the 8 Limbs of Yoga to help move through and interact with the world – has made the experience one with positive growth.
Yoga has been a part of my life since 2001, when I started from a book in college to help deal with stress. I admit, I had a pretty big ego at the time and remember thinking how mindful and elevated I was by doing yoga on my parent’s back porch in my first version of athletic wear.
But that time opened something up for me that would become a life-long journey.
After college, I started in classes at a studio, and then eventually studied to become a yoga teacher while living in Wisconsin in 2008. Since then, I have taught yoga and grown my personal practice into what it is today. I am an E-RYT 200/ E-RYT 500 as well as an LMT, and I received my 200-hr training with Midwest Power Yoga, attended Level One training with Baron Baptiste, and received my 500-hr training with Asheville Yoga Center.
The asana and philosophy of yoga has created great opportunities in my life – from the connections and relationships I’ve gained, to the physical health as a runner, to the mental and emotional well-being of someone who has been through grief and trauma. Yoga is a life-long practice for me, and one that I am honored to share with others as a teacher, and a teacher of teachers.
It is my personal goal to ensure each of our students come out of this training feeling prepared and empowered to teach yoga in a variety of settings, with the ability to follow your heart and develop your style with freedom and joy.
The teacher is already within you, and it comes from your experiences as a person, your personal history, your relationships, and all the moments that have brought you here. It is my honor to help you develop your words, voice, and methods to bring yoga to others and to help them on their own journey.
This training is but the gateway, the first step of becoming a yoga teacher. As a teacher, you are also a student. Keeping your mind open to your experience and the experience of your students has been key in my own teaching experience. I advise you to do the same, and stay student and yogi first, teacher second.
This journey is vast and deep. While this training will give you a wide breadth of knowledge, there will always be more for you to learn, grow, and develop as you continue down this path.
I do not know what the coming year will bring, but I do know that the tools learned through yoga teacher training can help ground and connect us in ways that you may not have experienced before.
Thank you for considering trusting me with this responsibility. I will do my best to honor this trust and to help you in all ways you need to become a safe, prepared yoga teacher who can share your voice and your experiences with the world.
I cannot wait to see how your relationship with yoga and becoming a yoga teacher impacts your life and can only hope it gives you a portion of what it has given me.
If you are interested in teaching yoga, sharing your love of yoga with others, and deepening your own practice and relationship with yoga, please consider joining The Hive’s 200-hour Yoga Alliance-approved Teacher Training.
Learn more or apply by contacting Elizabeth at The Hive – Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org – class will be capped at 4 participants.