Prior to becoming a yoga teacher, I had no idea what to expect. Would I like teaching? Would people like me as a teacher… All the same insecure, nervous questions we tend to ask ourselves daily about most things we do in our lives. I had absolutely no idea if quitting my corporate, well paying job to head to India and train intensively for three months was the right decision for me. I knew I was going to leave India either loving yoga, deeply passionate about the new life path I’d chosen for myself, or I was never going to step foot on a mat again (or at least not for a long time). Thank fully, I fell in love - more and more with the practice with each passing day. Actually, with every class. And having such an inspiring teacher certainly helped to build this passion.
But although I truly love yoga, what I’ve come to realise is it’s not all about me, or deepening my own practice. It’s about sharing what I’ve learned, through both theory and experience, to help others achieve their goals also. As much as I love my practice, every time I’m teaching a group or private session, I feel completely whole. It’s my students who make everything about yoga worth it. They make the months of training and sacrifice worth it.
I’ll share something quite personal with you all. When I left Mysore to return home, I wanted to find my teacher, Guruji, the perfect gift to thank him for his support, encouragement and commitment to his students. For weeks I was looking for the right gift, but nothing I thought of or found seemed enough to truly show my gratitude. Fundamentally my life had been changed which is not a small event in any case. But nothing I bought could show this. In the end, I bought a small gift and I wrote him a letter, which I read to him with tears trickling down my cheeks as i was so sad to leave. What my teacher said to me at this final meeting was, “...Jessica, you do not need to bring me a gift, for the greatest gift I could ever receive is to be with my students. To see my students committing to their practice. That is all I could ever ask for. That is enough.” I will never forget that conversation. At the time, I understood what he meant in theory, but not in practice. Now, as a teacher, I completely understand what he meant. To share yoga with people who truly want to learn, who are eager to explore their bodies, play and have fun is such a wonderful way to spend my life. Each student is a gift and I will always be grateful for each of them.
So, thank you to those who seek to learn with me, whether that be in class or for the emails you send asking questions. I feel truly blessed and am excited to continue sharing this amazing journey with you all.