This blog post is totally unplanned, in fact I am sitting inside whilst the sun is shining outside attempting to go through my never ending to do list, but I just thought I have to write about this now because I am feeling it more than ever at the moment.
A few weeks ago I looked back at my Instagram profile description and thought, geeze but my life is so much more than that. Right now it just says Yoga teacher, Strala Guide, wellness, events, retreats.. which is all true and yes that is what I do for work and LOVE. I was given advice a while ago to narrow down what I was sharing on Instagram to just work, so everything and anything yoga related was ok, but keep the other stuff out. I've been following that for a while but it's no fun for me! It felt like I was always trying to promote something I was running...when actually all I want to do is share what I am doing and hopefully be a source of inspiration. Not just yoga, but life, creating balance (which is bloody hard), home life, renovations, my veggie patch, my husbands hilarious moments, struggles with this move, finding a flipping place to teach, life challenges, how I overcome my challenges, life's highs and lows, food! All sorts of stuff. That is what's fun for me, being completely me and sharing life goings on. Don't panic I am not going to literally share EVERYTHING because no-one needs to see everything, but there's going to be a little more useful bits and bobs.
The last few years I have found I have been slowing boxing myself up and closing the lid. I can't find a better way of describing it than to say imagine me, my yoga teaching self, inside a box slowing closing up around me and I have to stay within that box. There is so much more that I love and enjoy, and want to share with you all.
I'm going to give you an example because I was going to blog about this anyway so I might as well start writing about it now. My body is not at all naturally flexible, I have never practiced gymnastics (unless you count P.E at junior school and my attempts there!) and I am not a dancer. The minute I go for a long walk, or a run my hamstrings especially, tighten so much that my yoga practice leaps backwards, and I mean leaps. I don't know why this happens but it does, even after stretching post workout. So I stopped working out and running, because I said to myself, I am a yoga teacher, I need my flexibility, it is my job, students won't look at me the same if I am demoing something and I don't look like the yoga journal or instagram star that they follow. This is obviously an absolutely rubbish thought, but I can assure you it crosses a lot of Yoga teachers minds!
So the long and the short is, the time has come for me to open my box and get out of those four walls I've surrounded myself with and life my life fully whether its yoga related or not. Yes I love the practice of Yoga, not just the asana practice, but I want to embrace everything I love equally, some of which I'd like to feel free enough to share.
I know this post isn't well written, and may not make any sense to you at all, but then again it may make a world of sense and you might be nodding along feeling the same. And that is my very reason for writing this, because I know I am not the only one. So maybe me taking this little hop will help others, maybe you, hop out of your box, or at least make you realise you're in a box.
P.S. If you're wondering if my Instagram profile description will change, it will, I'm just not sure what to yet!