Ida on self love

I’ve been thinking a lot about what kind of teacher I want to be when I’m finished in two weeks, and today in theory we talked about just that. How even the way you enter the room sets the tone for what type of class you are going to teach, what atmosphere you want to create and how you want your students to feel.

For me yoga is so much more than just asanas and I’d like to be able to share that with my future students. It’s so easy to go on social media and see all these stereotypical slim, young and very bendy, beautiful women doing amazing poses on white sandy beaches. That can create an image that yoga isn’t for everyone, and that you have to look or dress in a certain way or be very flexible to even attend a class.

If i can send my students home after class with a feeling of self love, proud of them selves for showing up, for giving it their best to their ability on that day – then I’ll be happy. Self love may sound grandiose, but to me it’s simply a matter of standing up for your self, speaking up for yourself and looking at yourself without judgement, without comparing yourself to that stereotype or to the person on the mat next to you.

Yoga really is for everyone, and as the saying goes; Yoga isn’t about touching your feet – it’s about what you learn on the way down.

Namaste