Grandpa always said when you stop learning, it is time to move on. I started my yoga teacher training at the age of a grandpa - at 65. I had practiced Yoga off and on for 15 years. I chose to take a chance on signing up for teaching training not knowing if I wanted to be a teacher or exactly sure why I was training. A teacher at a gym I was a member of had recently became a Yoga instructor. One could see the changes in her in the two plus years she taught. She came out of her shell and more alive over the time she started instructing the classes.
My yoga practice has made me realize learning to teach yoga is not about teaching others as much as it is about teaching myself. Learning to deal with the challenges of moving my body into and out of poses, and onto the next pose, is at first the challenging part of the practice. I now find practicing, challenges me mentally to be still in my mind. To turn off that analytical part of my brain. To stop judging myself. Am I far enough in my pose? How can I get a little more out of the pose? What do I have to do after practice? Is anyone else in the class looking at my shirt, is it sliding up my back? I think you get the picture. To still one’s mind is to be in the present, is the practice.
I have always told my friends if you are not doing yoga, you are crazy. The benefits of yoga outweigh the cost in time, money, or humiliation. The people of like minds you meet in yoga truly do make it seem like family without the crazy aunt or uncle. I hope to see you on the mat soon.
Do not take care, instead I suggest you take a chance. I believe that is where some of our greatest life experiences start, in taking a chance.
Stephen is an Ignite YTT graduate and a mentee of Donna Schnoor.
At Ignite Yoga, we believe that yoga is for everyone–For people of all ages and all walks of life.