February 1, 2019 Martin

The Teacher Within

My name is Martin and I became a yoga teacher by accident. I had been practicing yoga regularly for 8 years with an amazing teacher who inspired and challenged me and I was fortunate to form a solid teacher-student bond with her. She teaches more than just asana. She weaves philosophy, meditation, pranayama, The Yoga Sutras, and more into her classes and I was eating it up. There were significant shifts that I felt mentally, emotionally & spiritually but I didn’t understand why. I knew it was a result of the yoga practice but I wanted to know “WHY?”. I knew there was more to this journey.

I asked my teacher what I should do to learn more about yoga? I had a million questions – “What books do I read?” “How do I learn more?” “Where do I find the answers to the meaning of life?” She told me that I should do a teacher training. “But I don’t want to be a teacher.” She told me that I would find the answers to all my questions in a teacher training. I asked her what I should do and she told me to go to NYC and study with Sri Dharma Mittra. Being an obedient student, I went home and signed up.

Little did I know that it was in for one of the most challenging things that I was ever going to face, but that’s a whole different story in itself. Part of getting certified was teaching a free class for 6 weeks. My mindset was “I’ve worked this hard, put in all this time and money and I’m not giving up.” I was determined to get that certificate. At the end of the six week class, I gave a heart-felt “THANK YOU” to my guinea pigs and got ready to send in all my stuff so that I could receive that coveted certificate in the mail and get back to my regular life.

Guinea Pigs: “What happens now?”

Me: “What do you mean ‘what happens now?’ ”

Guinea Pigs: “What about our Saturday morning yoga?”

Me: “Go find a studio and a teacher that you like.”

Guinea Pigs: “We want you to teach us.”

Me: “I’m not a teacher.”

Guinea Pigs: “What have you been doing for the last six weeks?”

Me: “Teaching you yoga.”

Students: “So, same time next Saturday?”

Teacher: “I’ll see you then.”

And that is how I accidentally became a yoga teacher.