Yoga Testimonial – Shayla. Our Online Yoga Teacher Training Alumni
One week, I was told not to come into work the next day without any explanation. I was so angry, as I found out the day before. I of course start panicking, because security is very important to me. I was homeless multiple times as a child, so from that my drive has always been strong. Plus having a child of my own, it made matters worse in my mind. I was paycheck to paycheck. So every second counted for me.
The next day, when I was off on a day I am not supposed to be off on, I saw an opportunity to look into yoga teaching. It was something I was always drawn to since high school, but I was more attracted to the Veterinarian field. Although, I did always imagine myself doing both. Anywho, I just typed in a search on google “Yoga teacher training” and I clicked on the first link. It was SYI and I was just reading everything in amazement.
I then saw there was a scholarship application, so I thought, “What the heck, why not?!” and I applied. I gave y’all a pretty in depth summary of my childhood. Then that weekend, I received an email awarding me with the scholarship!!! I was ( and still am!) sooo grateful!
Since the online training, I have noticed an extreme transformation in myself. I quit the job at the vet clinic just two weeks before the graduation ceremony. I noticed how triggering the field became for me, and that I had been burned out since last year, and lastly management that cared more about making the company money rather than the employees. It was a big step to finally leave. I had been there so long and even interned at that clinic in high school. If I could just jump straight into being a yoga teacher full time, I would. But I have to be more responsible since I have a child. So I started a job at a grocery store! In the past, I didn’t talk right away to people. It usually takes a few months to start engaging in conversation. But since the yoga training, I find I am so much more open. I actually start conversations with others, and I don’t try to hide anymore. I’ve always been kind to strangers, but now it has multiplied! It is amazing to me because I voiced in the training that my heart and throat chakras always seem to be out of balance. Now I feel them so deeply, and I am not as shy as I used to be. I really love this new version of myself!
Once I started my new job, I made sure the schedule was good for me. Because I no longer work all day, I am able to focus on my yoga practice, and develop sequences for my students! My first week of teaching, I was able to get into the community market! There I conducted my first class! It was life changing for me, and made me realize already what I needed to improve on! I got many beginner students, so with that I have pushed myself to practice different variations so I can teach it better in class. The students I met at the market have stuck with me!
I now teach at a beautiful studio that my personal yoga teacher teaches at, and in my first class there I had 8 students which made me soooo happy, since it was not a free class. Just the fact that people showed up filled my heart with joy! I also just got hired at a gym, so I will also be teaching there, while also still providing my independent classes. The goal here is to become independent so I don’t have to deal with big bosses who don’t care about the “little people”. With this art, I am able to tap deeper into my mind, and get out of the classic schedule society has tried to push on me. And even better, I can spread this knowledge! Plant seeds into these beautiful beings, and guide others to themselves. Once we start to better ourselves, we better the world. This has been so fulfilling knowing that I am helping others connect with themselves! I have always wanted to heal the world, and struggled that I couldn’t for too long. Last year I realized I can only make micro impacts. Well, this is how I am doing it. I feel so empowered doing this, and I know I share this with my students as well.
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