We finish the first residential week of the StretchBodyMind Yoga Teacher Training today and it has been such a privilege to teach these wonderful women. We have had so much fun and learned so much about yoga and what it means to live a more mindful existence. Here are some notes I took during the week:

  • Life is hard. Don’t make it harder by being a perfectionist.
  • As a teacher, or a leader, you don’t need to have it all figured out. You just need to know the first step. And possibly the next. And you will figure the rest out as you go.
  • In this crazy, busy world of Facebook and email and other social media madness, people are craving connection. REAL, honest, face-to-face connection. Yoga provides that connection. So does Pilates or any other fitness class where the teacher creates a supportive community.
  • Just allowing someone to share their problems can be enough without having to come up with solutions. In fact, sharing can be a solution in itself.
  • Back off to go deeper. In both yoga poses and in life, if we step back and stop forcing things, we can move more naturally into them.
  • In a residential setting, with intense personal and professional development, it is essential for people to have their own room and for the timetable to have open slots so that there is space. Space to work things out for yourself, and to assimilate the teachings, or to just chill out and let go of the events of the day.

These notes were written for myself, but when I reread them I realised that they are for everyone and thought you might want to see them.

I feel so blessed to have been able to pass on some of my knowledge this week and can’t wait for our next weekend residential in February. I have really gotten the bug and also want to deliver a training to people who want to learn more but don’t want to do a full-on Yoga Teacher Training. So, keep your eyes peeled for details of that next week!