Updated: Jun 2, 2019
Today is the day I start my journey as a professional yoga teacher... As I am working on my website, my Instagram page, my Facebook page, my Yoga Alliance Professional page (I'm not even exaggerating!), I am just getting more and more stressed about the amount of work all those pages will demand on top of everything!
In March 2017, I decided to trust my gut feeling (yeah, that one has me wrapped around its little finger!) and sign-up for a yoga teacher training. I was not sure I wanted to teach in the end but I wanted to learn something new, add more skills to my CV, make good use of my savings.
Here is the most important lesson I have learned during my TT...
Before my teacher training I was basically scrolling my life away! Netflix, Whats app, Facebook, you name it! Basically, wasting my energy in burning my brain cells on cute cat videos and obviously (my biggest addiction): memes!
I was feeling guilty about the fact that I did not read as much as I did before, I missed reading. But I was doing nothing to change a fact that was pestering me like a wasp in my ear.
"Procrastination (...) While it’s subtle in its occurrence, it is one of the biggest sources of dissatisfaction for many of us."
I kept telling myself that I needed more time... More time that's such a classic line for the ego to prevent us from doing what we really want to do, what would make us happy!
Tools to fight procrastination
When my training started, I decided to declare a war to my phone. That stuff was going on plane mode. Target: Becoming a yoga teacher!
Suddenly, I opened my eyes to a massive amount of free time that I had no clue was here all along. I would finish work at 5, start working on my training course from 5.30 until 11.30 pm. Would stop for 45 minutes to eat and then shower and sleep.
The amount of books, crash courses, TED, documentaries, etc I could assimilate during those 6 months was mind blowing. I was reading a book per week. Going to my TT on weekend. Working on teaching plans at night. I was working constantly but I was happy!
I realised that I had some new friends helping me achieve so much:
- Self-motivation: I had a target, I wanted something.
- Attention: the ability to direct one's mind to an object. It is our capacity to maintain selective concentration
- Practice is the repeated exercise of an activity to acquire proficiency in it
- Patience is our capacity to accept delays, problems, without becoming annoyed or anxious.
With them four managing my inner world, I stopped procrastinating, I realised how much time I had to study, read, do whatever I wanted. It was Heaven on Earth to take my power back!
To stop being a victim of time but becoming a time manager.
I was so surprised and overwhelmed about it that I thought: Let's share it with everyone!
So please, share, share, share!
And most importantly use those powers: find what you want and dedicate Attention, Practice and Patience to that goal!
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Sawubonasana is a space where you can be yourself, recognized and loved just the way you are. Sawubona means "I see you and by seeing you I bring you into being", Asana means posture, way of living. I've chosen this name because I want to live a life where I see you, I acknowledge your existence and love your uniqueness. In this space you can love yourself, lick your wounds and heal them with love and compassion. You can book a coaching session with me by clicking here.
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