Hello Dear Ones,
You've done it! You made a commitment to your own growth as a yoga teacher. We are so glad you are here.
The beginning of anything new is always filled with excitement, anticipation and perhaps even a little trepidation. You recognize the amount of time and energy it takes to dedicate yourself to this type of undertaking, so make sure you have time to really ponder your hopes and intentions for how this journey will unfold.
Set up an altar ......or if you already have an altar, spend some time freshening it up with some flowers, adding an inspiring image or symbol, replacing the candles and offer your blessings to this sacred space in your home.
Before answering the following questions, take a moment to breathe consciously, meditate or do something that connects you to your interior space. Spend a few moments journaling about these 3 Sanskrit words. This can become an ongoing practice for you and a wonderful tool to build themes and your understanding of key yogic concepts.
Sankalpa means an intention, a vow, a promise or a resolution. We create a sankalpa as a way to cultivate a particular quality in our practice and teaching but also to be cultivated by our practice and teaching. Sara Avant Stover writes, "Setting precise intentions aligns your inner values with your outer actions."
What is your current intention for your teaching? Is your intention for teaching aligned with what you do when you actually teach?
Do you typically set intentions when you do your own practice? Is your practice aligned to that intention?
The word adhikara in Sanskrit means one's unique gifts and talents. The offering that you bring forth that is different from anyone else's. So while we are drawing inspiring from the Universal Consciousness and carrying forth a lineage of embodiment, there is still a process of synthesizing all that we learn and experience and bring forth with our individual point of view and perspective.
What are your unique gifts and talents in your community?
Do have a unique talent that no one knows about and how can you use this in your teaching?
Susanna Harwood Rubin describes OM as the vibratory sound of everything that exists. It is the primordial hum of the Universe. So when we chant "om" at the beginning and end of a yoga class we are participating more deeply and intentionally with the Universe.
What it does it mean to show up and participate more intentionally with the Universe?
How does that feel in your body?