Karen Moss, Owner/Director, ERYT 200, RYT 500 in progress
The rewards of teaching and sharing yoga are sometimes are so deep it is hard to put to words. Over the years, watching people transform, physically, emotionally and spiritually, is breath taking. Having students come to you and share how yoga has changed their lives is so rewarding it is the confirmation that I am doing what I am suppose to do in life and gives me the desire to keep doing more. I quite often think I don’t work because sharing the greatness of yoga is so wonderful I can’t call it a “ job”, it seems unnatural.
It has been my experience that asana, pranayama and meditation are so healing, that once students experience the inner calmness that naturally unfolds, it becomes a need/passion for them. I feel very strongly that yoga does not discriminate and it is available for everyone and it my goal to have everyone from all walks of life to experience the benefits, which includes very different “recipes” for people.
We live in a world that teaches us from the moment we are born to get our needs and satisfactions in life from the outside. Yoga and the philosophy of yoga, teaches us quite the opposite, it teaches us to go inside ourselves to find the key to inner peace and happiness. The world needs yoga and as teachers we need to be examples of the great gifts we have experienced and help others to achieve the same. It is so simple but yet so hard. We complicate life by making everything a “heavy”. So, my focus is how do we make inner peace attainable? To me the answer is “just be”. I know that can bewildering to people because it is so foreign to us, but I have watched people learn to “just be” and blossom….that inspires me!
I say to myself everyday that I am a beginner in learning and experiencing all that yoga encompasses. There is so much to learn and experience that no matter where we are on our path…just walking through the doors of a yoga studio for the first time or walking through for many, many years, we still have something to learn. Every day I am grateful for another day to learn, experience and share. I had a friend say to me once, “Every day before your feet even hit the floor, think to yourself, that every decision you make can change the world” and that is how I start my day and live my life.