If I had to be really specific, she probably isn’t my first yoga teacher. My first yoga class was at the gym with an Iyengar teacher who must have been at least 60 in a blue leotard and tights, and she scared me as she was super strict if I didn’t have my toes pointed at the precise angle she wanted. She will so intimidating to me I was kind of put off yoga for a while before I went back and tried it again. Anyways, I don’t consider her to be my first teacher, maybe just a scary yoga experience.
Then a year or two down the line, I decided to give yoga another try. My friend’s been to this class a few times and had told me good things about it. Can’t be worst than the leotard lady anyhoo. I remember walking into quite a full class at the gym (a different gym this time round), I get a spot close to the front so I can actually see the teacher. The teacher is fairly young with her dark brown hair tied up in a bun. She smiled and greeted at every individual as they came in and laid their mat down. She had a cute pink top on. She was really nice and patient, and she never made you feel like you were doing something wrong in a horrible you’re-back-in-school kind of way. She cared.
Whilst I walked into my first yoga classes hoping to keep fit and lose weight and look like all those hot yoga models in magazines and learn to do circus monkey stuff (all of which I did), little did I know I would get so much more out of it. As my teacher grew and learnt more, my practice evolved and my relationship with yoga changed. In fact she probably inspired me in some ways to pursue the path I’m going down now, teaching yoga and helping others.
As many of us do, I had/have baggage and emotional stuff I deal with, and her openness and courage in sharing her own experiences helped me significantly to feel that I’m not alone, and I too can have the skills to overcome my troubles.
What’s most exciting is that now she’s put together those skills she’s learnt over the years into an e-course to share with the whole world, for those who want to heal, get strong and feel empowered. ”Light up your life“, she says. As much as I love wearing dark clothes and sometimes listening to emo music, living and playing in the light is so much more fun. And this 4 week course is only $99 until the 30 December – one less pair of yoga pants in exchange for kick starting 2013 in full bright daylight? Yeah, bring it on!
Nadine Fawell, you’re such an amazing woman, a great teacher and a fabulous friend, have I told you how happy I am to have you as one of my people?
Do you have a teacher/person who’s made a difference in your life? Or you have some “stuff”/baggage/crap/bullshit that you need to deal with and want some guidance? Head over to my awesome friend Nadine’s site for more details about the course!