Divine Wisdom: Six Life Lessons from a Yoga Teacher

10727601_734297676619914_521197067_nIn the last few years I have been blessed with the opportunity to be a yoga teacher. This has not only become my career, but my way of life and I’ve learned a handful of nuggets along the way. I have many lessons to teach, to learn and to give but I’ll start today with these six so you boho babes have a little taste of the amazing energy you all create every time you arrive on the mat.

1. Every BODY can do yoga. Seriously every single one. Have you seen that beautiful video going around the internet with the paratrooper who credits Diamond Dallas as the yoga teacher who helped him walk again? It’s not only a tear jerker video, but something so incredibly true and raw: you can do yoga no matter where you are in life. Yoga is so much more than asanas & kriyas, it’s a lifestyle and an opportunity for growth. As a yoga teacher I have had the opportunity to see all kinds of bodies come into my Shala and am blessed to teach and give to each person. YOU can do yoga, I promise.

2. No one is looking at you except the teacher. No matter how hard you suck in your belly while you’re pretending to do your deep breathing, it won’t matter in the long run. What matters is staying focused on your own mat, breathing and staying in the present moment. You are beautiful and strong boho babe and you’re always exactly where you’re supposed to be. Now stop sucking in that belly and really BREATHE.

3.  I do yoga every day even if I haven’t seen my mat in three weeks. As a yoga teacher, one of the most difficult things is often getting onto our own mat. Instead we frequently bring yoga off the mat and into the world. I take bubble baths with epsom salt, I light incense, take long soul strolls around the lake, create meditations in nature or in my own home, perform moon ceremonies and always add essential oils to my water. I energize my mind, body and spirit in whichever way is most accessible for the day and know I’m walking in line with my yoga lifestyle.

4. Warrior II doesn’t matter. In all honesty, the hardest part of any yoga class is walking through the front door. At my studio, I often tell my students that the most challenging part is over because they arrived on the mat. Warrior II is an amazingly energizing pose that will lift your vibrations, strengthen your core & your thighs and allow you to truly tap into breath. But in the end, arriving is what matters most. You breathe with the class, soak in all the energy within the collective whole and dive deep into your own soul. THAT is yoga.

5. My “true rules” are how I truly live my life, not just what I say from the front of the room. I recently read The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin and she mentions true rules – ideas that we get in our head and they way we truly live our lives. Two of my biggest are: “you’re always exactly where you’re supposed to be” and “always carry a tide pen.” My idea is that clean is better, but dirty is FUN hence why many of my classes are loving and sweaty… they involve chanting and spirit but also abdominals! I live these rules every single day and when I start to see my students using my expressions in class, I know I have made an impact. They begin using their own true rules, creating lives they want to live and embracing the idea that what happens in yoga NEVER stays in yoga.

6. Doing what you love & being with the people you love trumps all. I cannot tell you how many times I have seen students light up from the inside out when they tell me they are living their truth. The CEO who finally leaves her cell phone at the door, the mom who cries tears of love & joy in pigeon and the group of girls who come together to class and almost always hold hands in savasana. Being who you are, doing what you love and being with those who light you up are what it’s all about.

Get out there and live your life! Walk in the truth of your true rules, listen to your body, know that anything is possible and be sure to step in line with love.

1157699_383157768473367_247012539_n-199x300-150x150-150x150Jenny Ravikumar is a yoga teacher, blogger and studio owner of Barefoot Yoga Shala. As a teacher and self-proclaimed boho mermaid, Jenny has been bringing her yoga lifestyle knowledge to the online world for years through her blog, jennyravikumar.com. She specializes in helping women dig deeply into self-love & care, while also explaining yoga philosophy and love on her blog and through her courses/private online groups. You can catch her teaching 6 days a week in Massachusetts or pouring love all over the internet 24 hours a day.

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