Today, I am celebrating my 2-year anniversary since I taught my very first yoga class! What an amazing experience the last few years have been. To say I’m grateful to be a teacher is an understatement. Since that day, I have taught a little over 300 classes and have been certified to teach two other formats of yoga (vinyasa and sculpt). Not only has yoga completely changed the trajectory of my life, but it has brought me joy and strength within myself that I never realized could be possible. I am also incredibly thankful for the amazing community of yogis that I have had the opportunity to grow with over the past few years. Although our in-person practice may look a little different right now, I’m excited for when we can all be back in the studio together again!
I’ve been doing some reflecting and looking back to the day I taught very first yoga class. I remember being so intimidated to walk into that studio and teach for the first time. Despite the 200 hours of training and multiple classes I had taught with my teacher training cohort, I was terrified. I kept second guessing & telling myself that I wasn’t ready. That I should have practiced more. That I was a fraud. But you know what happened? I taught the class anyway. And it went amazing! Sure, I messed up a few times here and there, but overall it was such a great experience. And looking back, I’m so grateful that I took the risk and did it anyway. Sometimes I wonder how long I would have delayed teaching my first class if I had waited until I was “ready”? Would I even be teaching right now?
Yoga has taught me a lot of lessons over the past few years, and this has probably been one of the most important. You are NEVER going to be ready, and it’s never going to be the right time to do the things that scare you. The more you decide to push something off while chasing perfection, the harder it will become to actually do it. Sometimes, you just have to trust yourself and go for it.
Perfection is a myth. There is no such thing as perfect, especially when you’re just starting out. And this applies to pretty much anything in life. I used to be so afraid to put myself out there because I was worried about what other people would think. But I’ve learned that the most important thing you can do it just to start. Even if you feel like you’re not producing your best work, you can always improve and pivot later on. There’s a saying, you cannot steer a parked car. Forward momentum is vital – even if you have to make a few U-turns here and there (I know I have made more than a few in my life!)
For whatever reason, we have this intrinsic fear of being judged for starting at the beginning and not being perfect. We care so greatly about what other people think that sometimes we put our own dreams on hold purely out of fear. The truth is – people probably will judge you. And so what? Remember, you will never be criticized by someone who is doing more than you. You will only be criticized by someone doing less. Just because someone else was afraid to go after their own dreams doesn’t mean you should be afraid to go after yours too!
It can be so scary to start as a beginner. It can be even scarier to be vulnerable and share your gifts & passions with the world. Remember that no one has started out amazing at the beginning. Every actor, every pro sports player, every artist, every blogger, every professional anything started at the bottom. They just had the drive, ambition, and perseverance to get better every single day.
You’ll never know how far you can go if you don’t start. Know that your work will evolve, but you can’t become better if you don’t try and put yourself out there. Embrace the learning process & enjoy the journey. Every mess up, every fall, every fail will only help you learn and become stronger and better in the end.
Your light and passions are needed in this world! The universe is waiting to give you want you want, but you have to be the one to reach for it. There will never be a “right time” to do anything. You have to be the one to face your fears and do it anyway!
And maybe, just maybe, one person will see your work and your vulnerability and become inspired to face their fears and start as a beginner at something themselves. Now that is true success!