A Letter From My Past Self

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Dear Madison,

By the time you read this, you will be in LA and gearing up for your 2nd day of your 300-hour yoga teacher training. Right now though, you’re still at home waiting before it’s time to head to the airport. You’re scared, nervous, anxious, but you’re trying not to think about it too much. You’re just hoping your mat sticking out of your carry-on isn’t an issue.

Now that you have your first day behind you, (hopefully) you’re not so scared anymore. The first step is always the hardest because we don’t know what to expect. But you (hopefully) survived it. So now you can handle a pep talk.

You can do this. You have been teaching already for over 2 years. That might not feel like much, and compared to others it might not be, but yoga isn’t brand new to you anymore. There will definitely be new things you will be learning, but you have a foundation. There’s that word – foundation, part of the first principle of alignment. Set the foundation and open to grace. You have set your foundation, so take the time now to open to grace. Open to new experiences. Open to change. Open to fear.

This training will be hard. You will be challenged. You probably won’t be able to do everything perfectly, and some things you might not be able to do at all. But stay open. Don’t get discouraged and close in on yourself. Keep going. Don’t get lazy, because then it will only be harder. Make the time. Find the motivation. You know you are capable.

Accept where you are in your practice as a student and teacher. You will make mistakes, but you will learn from them. Try different approaches, try new poses, try new techniques. See what works for you and know that it’s okay if something didn’t work out.

Most importantly, have fun. You are there to learn and grow on and off the mat. Go out to dinner. Make friends. Visit some of your favorite places from your childhood, but go somewhere new too. You are only in this training once. You are only 26 once. Don’t let your fear and anxiety hold you back.

Stay open to grace even when it feels impossible.

You got this.

With much love,

Your Past Self

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