One of the intentions that I set for myself this year was to spend more time focusing on my passions and the things that bring me happiness. One of those things is yoga. It has changed my life and my perspective as cliche as that may sound. Yoga is not just an asana practice that I perform to keep me in shape. It is not just a means of relieving the stress of my job, family or finances. Nor is it because of the cute clothes, even though they really are cute. Yoga has become a way of life. A principal that I can use any time even when I am off the mat to conquer my fears, clear my mind and focus my thoughts. Oh yeah, and keep myself in shape.
When you find something that speaks to you, you want to learn all you can about it. You want to submerge yourself within it and share it with others, in hopes that they too will feel the same way you do. I figured the best way to accomplish all of this would be to become a Moksha yoga teacher. As scary as this thought was for me I knew it was something that I desired to do. So I spent the last year preparing myself. My first step was to "submerge" by becoming an energy exchange student at MYSO. During the year that I volunteered I really came to understand the incredible support that is the Moksha Sangha (community). This support is felt from the owners, the teachers and the other members of the community. I also learned a lot about running a studio and the delicate balance of giving to others without allowing yourself to be taken. While my year as an EE was absolutely amazing, I found that I was not getting in as much time as I would like on my personal practice so I reluctantly ended my volunteer time and moved on to the next step, learning.
This year being my year of change, I felt in my heart it was the best time to apply for Moksha teacher's training. Even though I was not sure when the training would be held I had a rough idea and started preparing myself to attend the training in September if it was available. My first hurdle was to arrange my holiday in such a way that I would only have to use 3 weeks of leave to cover the 30 days of training. The catch was this was all happening while my work place was under going a new shift pilot. After miraculously acquiring the perfect vacation coverage I submitted my application at the end of February. I then spent 3 weeks agonizing and stalking my own email account before I got the reply my heart was hoping for. An email congratulating me on being accepted into the training program this fall.
While I still have a long road ahead to achieve my goal it is important to acknowledge that without clearly stating what I want and putting my intention out into the universe, I may not have reached as far as I am right now. It truly feels as if the universe (God) was working along side me and slowly each obstacle started falling into place. As beautiful as this sounds there is an unpleasant side as well. It is important to know that not everyone is going to understand or accept your dreams and you may have to change your circle to include people who support you and eliminate those who are hindering you. As long as you know in your heart what you want the only person stopping you is yourself. So what are you waiting for? Start speaking those intentions into fruition.