Welcome back to the Share Your Story series. Last time Ray from Raise A Legend shared his story on how he fell in love with teaching. This week we have Lee-Ann from All You Yoga sharing her story why she started teaching Yoga. Over to you Lee-Ann…
All You Yoga
Lee-ann delivers nurturing and creative yoga lessons in groups, online and in written format in the form of a very active and award-winning blog promoting wellness and lifestyle advice based on ancient teachings.
Originally from a corporate banking career in London, Lee-ann co-founded a successful e-commerce business which she sold in 2012 before embarking on her vocation in the wellbeing industry in Nottingham, UK.
As well as her community and private yoga classes for adults, children and in corporate settings, Lee-ann is pre- and post-natally qualified and has a passion for anatomy and physiology as well as a deepening affinity for women’s wellness and empowerment.
Why I Teach Yoga
I’m guessing you don’t get enough sleep or quality rest. You have minimal time for Me Time, you eat on the fly rather than nourish yourself and you have a to-do list that’s as long as your arm.
I’ve been there, too.
Before any further ado, I want to tell you in raising your family and putting the needs of your children before your own,
you are doing a good job.
Us human beans (not a typo, I have young son and Ronald Dahl is a favourite) have this knack of talking to ourselves with such a bitching inner critic. I get it, but
Self-care is not self-ish.
Taking time for you is SO important.
As a yoga teacher and wholehearted believer in the power of positivity, I’d like to share some of my story with you about the reasons of how and why I teach yoga and how it has helped me to discover more of a balance.
Perhaps you attend yoga classes or are interested in what it means to have your own yoga practice.
Did you know that it is not just about stretching on a mat wearing fancy yoga pants?
The physical poses are just 1/8th of the Eight Limbs of Yoga and it is super-important to me that I share and incorporate my knowledge of the other elements in my group yoga lessons, online yoga tutorials and my written offerings.
Don’t get me wrong; I don’t have everything figured out completely. With life being ever-changing I doubt I ever will, but I can now ground and focus myself in a far more efficient way, ultimately making me a better mother, wife, friend, sister.
And, oh yes, a better ME.
I understand that the way I choose to live my life and decisions I take every day are generally rooted in the captivating yamas and niyamas, once so complicated and baffling to me, yet now so beautifully simplistic.
I began practicing yoga in 2001. Back then it was all about the physical poses for me. At the time, I was very physically active and thought this was another great way of exercising.
I had always been interested in anatomy and physiology and had undertaken some study while my children were small. When I enrolled in my yoga teacher training course, I just wanted to know more about this lovely way of “exercising”. It was a beautiful surprise for me how much I enjoyed the philosophical, ethical element of yoga which turned the whole thing into a much more magical process that began to have a such positive impact on my everyday life – not just when I was on my yoga mat.
It is important for me to convey the message that if you chose to undertake a yoga practice, it is your practice.
I always approach my yoga classes and now my whole life with an attitude of gratitude. Sincerely, I am so humbled that people chose to spend their time, energy and money to come along to my classes each week. My style of teaching now reflects my core values of empathy, knowledge, positivity, gratitude and love and I want to be able to share these things with complete authenticity. I am so grateful of the path I find myself on because I know I’ve put my whole heart into learning along the way. I feel blessed.
In my own personal practice, chanting and mantra is very special and I do include elements of it in my classes. The groups of children that I teach in schools love letting go with a loud ‘Om’! Perhaps you might sing loudly to yourself in the shower of whilst driving?
Just as in my personal yoga practice, I give myself permission to take a pause and a breath. In fact, I organise my yoga sessions on a six-week basis to coincide with school holidays because it can be physically demanding and having young children, I am becoming more and more aware of how quickly time passes and how quickly they grow!
“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.”
~ Etty Hillesum
Do you give yourself permission to take a break? Even something seemingly small like leaving the laundry for ten minutes to put your feet up with a cup of tea and a magazine can fill the proverbial cup immensely. As can taking a spa-style bubble bath when the children are in bed.
In your role as a parent, you give so much. Remember to give this to yourself as well.
Thank you Lee-Ann for sharing your story. Taking time to look after ourselves is very important!
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