Yoga with Lori

Mindfulness in yoga and in life

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for the opportunity to teach yoga.

I’ve turned to yoga a number of times over the years when life just got out of control or bordered on it. Sometimes that meant doing a video at home. Other times that meant finding a class to attend regularly.

Somewhere along the way, the idea of getting certified to teach implanted itself in my brain. But it was always labeled “someday.”

Interestingly, back in May, I was asked where I saw myself in five years. I had no idea. I’ve learned that life is just too unpredictable to have any sort of idea that far out. As I grasped for any sort of answer, only one thing came strongly to mind–I want to get my yoga teaching certification at some point.

A month later, I found an online program to get certified.

Prior to enrolling, because I live in a small town and the yoga community it small, I asked around a bit to make sure I’d have places to teach if I got certified. I found two: the local studio and at my friend’s venue.

I love it.

I love everything about the opportunity to teach yoga, from researching and planning sequences to learning more about yoga philosophy and how to teach to getting to the studio early to get set up. Not to mention the actual act of leading students through asanas.

I know I still have a lot to learn about teaching, but I can feel myself improving. I learn from my students just as much as I do from outside reading on how to teach.

This is the first job that I’ve ever had where I felt a sense of fulfillment and completion. I enjoy what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work, which means I’m willing to spend more time on it. I am so happy that I am able to add this blog as an extension of my yoga teaching.

What are you thankful for today?

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