On the 2nd of May this year, I started my Yoga Teacher Training with Byron Yoga, in Melbourne, Australia. “Why are you doing a Yoga Teacher Training?” the leading teacher asked us before the course started.
Whenever I am asked this question, it’s hard for me to put into words the answer because I know I have to give a logic rational answer. My body has the answer. When I ask my body why, it replies with a warm light fluffy feeling in the chest, with enthusiasm jumping through my veins, something that feels like love. But I cannot tell that to other people around me if I want to appear as a reasonable person, can I?
So, today, my attempt to explain my reasons for doing a yoga teacher training starts with a little personal story.
I was in Copenhagen, it was a sad cold spring and I was going for a yoga class in a high school sports hall. It was the first class after a 2-3 week absence. The class was in Danish, and was conducted, as usual, by the sweetest humble lady with curly hair and stretchy pants in her mid-70s. Although I understood about 10-12 words in Danish from her entire 90 minutes class instruction, I loved her presence, so I used to go to her classes every Tuesday and Thursday. When she saw me coming back to the yoga mat that day, she said to me in a broken English sprinkled with some Danish words:
“I noticed your absence, Adriana…I know you are sad, I am praying for you to get well.”
Her empathy was beyond words. Her words touched me deeply. I never told her that two weeks before I had left Denmark to fly away back home to Romania for a sudden death in my family. But somehow she felt the loss in me, somehow she knew what that loss meant for me.
That’s why I am doing this Yoga Teacher Training, because I want to be like her. I would love to teach yoga one day and shed some light, touch a heart, bring some moral support to the learners around me, the way she brought light to me that day. I want to pay forward her heartwarming intervention. I hope my teaching on or off the mat will make a difference to a person one day, the way she made a difference in my life with her words and her kindness…
Oh, yeah, and if I can wear stretchy pants and stay healthy like her while I grow old, that would be another lovely outcome of this course!