When people think of yoga and sometimes their yoga teachers, I feel like they always imagine some version of a barefoot hippy person who drinks green juice, eats vegetarian and never has any worries. While I might do some of these things, I know I am no where close to the version of what I imagine to be a true yogi. In my mind, I have this idea that some person living off the side of a mountain practicing yoga and meditating for days in a cave is this true yogi (lol) and he is who I think about when I need to be more zen and dial down the drama in my life.
Let's face it, we can't all be that "yogi on the mountain" 100% of the time. If you've ever taken a class with me, I reference this hypothetical yogi on the mountain a lot. and let me tell you why.
A lot of the time people believe you have to either be all in, or fold. My philosophy about teaching yoga is to share what yoga is all about (whether I live this yogi lifestyle 100% or not) and give people the choice to decide what resonates with them and what might not. I encourage all my students to come with an open mind and listen. Nothing is ever forced on anyone and everyone is free to take away what works for them. Maybe it's just the workout one day. Maybe it's the breathing the next week, or maybe not. Maybe the story I share at the beginning of class resonates with something that happened in their life. Whatever it is, my goal is to help people see how yoga is all around us. Once we start connecting all the dots, we will see that the lessons and patterns we learn in other aspects of our life are also present in yoga.