In September I presented a workshop on “moving through fear” at the Yoga Studio. Fear is something I’ve dealt with all my life. The problem with fear is that left unchallenged it can control you, and cage you. This can limit your potential. Honestly, it’s only been the last few years I’ve been holding up a middle finger to fear and pursuing my passions. One of my biggest passions is educating and presenting. Which when combined with a fear of judgement and imposter syndrome (specifically in front of peers) can be problematic. However, the last two years working through fear, I’ve lead yoga teacher training, hosted two workshops, and in January I’ll be presenting at the Yoga Expo in Los Angeles!
My first Yoga Expo experience
This story really begins a few years ago, January 3rd 2016. While I had decades of fitness teaching experience, in practice I was still a fairly new yoga teacher. My teacher friend, Grace, and I went to the Yoga Expo in Los Angeles. After attending session in the morning, we were sitting in a ballroom with 100 other people waiting for a yoga teacher. 10 minutes later we realized they weren’t coming. A voice in the crowd asks “do we have any yoga teachers here that want to teach us?”.
My heart raced, as Grace gently nudged me to go up. As I looked around the room I realized that this may be an amazing opportunity and just as I was about to muster up the courage. A hand went up. A Yoga Works RYT500 teacher (more qualified than I was at the time) volunteered to lead the session. “Ok”, I thought, “she’s got this!”. I left feeling disappointed. In myself. I felt like I had made a huge mistake not speaking up and missed an opportunity of a lifetime.
Putting in the work
Over the almost 4 years since I’ve worked my butt off. I’ve taught over 2200 classes, continued my yoga education and attaining my RYT500, E-RYT200 and my E-RYT500. I’ve assisted in teacher training, working up to leading yoga teacher training sessions, and hosted workshops. I put in the time, the money, the hours, the education, the commitment, the drive and the passion towards a goal. To continue to push myself towards avoiding that cage, and living a life without limits. Then earlier this year I saw applications open up to present at the Yoga Expo in Los Angeles 2020. Throwing caution to the wind, I decided to apply. Moving through fear never felt so good!
Presenting at the Yoga Expo 2020
I am so pleased to announce that in January I will be presenting at the Yoga Expo in Los Angeles! I decided that I’d apply to present what I’m passionate about, connecting to our body and minds with somatic movement. My 500 hour yoga training was based in a lot of somatic awareness combined with yoga movements. It’s my favorite class to teach so I want to bring that to The Yoga Expo in 2020!
With so much focus on yoga as a workout it’s time to reclaim yoga as a practice. Change your work out, to a work in. Open a window of awareness into how your body naturally moves with Hatha yoga combined with somatic movement. Don’t be fooled, this isn’t ‘easy’. Slowing down means taking the time to experience the moments that make up the movements. Beginners and experienced yogis are welcome.The Yoga Expo 2020
If you’re local to Los Angeles I’d love to see you at my session! Don’t be shy, come say Hi. You can sign up for the Expo online, there are tons of classes offered throughout the day, with the opportunity to purchase goods from the expo, and get lots of goodies from vendors. It’s a great way to sample different types of class formats for beginners and seasoned yogi’s alike. With sessions including movement, meditation, music, and more you’re sure to come away inspired and motivated in your practice. Sign up online today!
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