Namaste and WelcomeWhen I was a little girl, my mother sat me down and asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. "I want to be happy", was my response. This was obviously not quite the answer that my mother was looking for. Yet I knew from a tender age that 'being happy' was exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up.
Years later, after having gone round in circles and doing what was 'expected' of me - I had obtained my degree and various other qualifications - I found myself working in an office in London pushing papers around. I was empty; I felt unhappy. I knew that only I could change the direction of my life. Because I enjoyed working with children, I decided to become a Montessori teacher... which I totally loved but due to low teaching wages and the high cost of London-living, it wasn't long before I fell back into the safety-net of a well-paid office job. I was given the opportunity to become a Human Resources Manager for a French Investment Bank. Intuitively, I thought 'no'. But I didn't listen to intuition and embarked on yet another business course in order to obtain the necessary qualification. During an extremely dull evening lecture, I heard a little voice inside telling me (again) that this was not the right path for me. This time I listened: I went into the office the next day and told my boss that I was leaving to become a yoga teacher.
I had already been practicing yoga for seven years so I had acknowledged the huge positive impact it had on my personal development. My colleagues and friends were less supportive. They said I was crazy; 'There's no money to be made from being a yoga teacher!', they cried. But I knew that I would rather be poor and happy, than have money doing a job that was eating away at my very essence.
Now twenty-seven years on, I know I made the right decision because... I am happy. I qualified as a Sivananda Yoga teacher in 1998 and changed the course of my life.
Yoga makes life make sense! I love the way you can be crazy-stressed with life and by simply practicing meditation or doing some pranayama (breathing techniques) or asanas (postures) you can suddenly feel a wonderful shift of energy within you. I absolutely love teaching yoga. Sharing the yogic way with people - that life can be so much better once you learn to connect - is simply powerful stuff.
To awaken to the notion that we can all escape the chaos of the world to find a little place to retreat...another dimension...deep within each of us ...is to truly
BE awake. Within us all there lies a haven - a little piece of heaven - where you get to meet the real you. The real you is gifted with compassion, intuition, patience, creativity, intelligence, peace, love and true contentment.
I believe that if we were all told this little gem of wisdom from an early age, the world would be a better place. We should all practice yoga; we all deserve to be happy right here, right now and not have to wait to when we grow up.
Oh! and as for being rich.... as Swami Vishnudevananda summed up perfectly:
'Health is wealth, Peace of mind is happiness, Yoga shows the way."
Om shanti om peace