Lately I’ve been given the gift of reflecting upon my teacher training experience, in both the details and knowledge I took away, and the subtle transformation my life has benefited from since. I cannot adequately express the monumental effect this decision made on my life, nor can I emphasize enough the importance of following your bliss. If you’ve always wanted to do it, recently became impassioned by Yoga, or merely want to expand your health and knowledge as a human being by a different kind of education, I implore you to say “Yes” to yourself and make it happen.
I dreamed for years about attending a teacher training in Bali. Even before the inspiring travel book Eat, Pray, Love, I felt drawn to this far away place I knew had lessons to teach me that I couldn’t even begin to experience at home. This world has such insight, such mystifying beauty, and such humbling stories that would bring us all to our knees. Balinese being a self-healing people, the intelligence and wisdom is not something we can merely take away by reading a book. It must be absorbed, viscerally, in the present of another, an exchange of ideas, over a meal, and the common language of warmth and open-mindedness. This is a place I knew my mind, body and heart would grow exponentially, from the moment I stepped onto their soil.
For a variety of reasons, I could not pursue my 200 RYT in Bali. I was bummed, but learned from Yoga to accept and trust wherever I went would be just what I needed regardless. And that’s precisely what happened. I went to a quality, reputable but modest school that sparked my creativity, my lust for life and deepened my knowledge of Yoga. This is what you should expect when choosing your training, nothing less than awe and information. The training is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s an incredible catalyst for years of growth to come.
I find when learning something new, something dense with history, rich with detail, and a reputation of mind-boggling wisdom, I want to engross myself in it, close myself off from external distractions and whole-heartedly go within. My teacher training was an intensive. It was multidimensional, covering a wide range of subjects, a comprehensive study of Yoga from both an Eastern and Western perspective. Whenever I travel, I experience something similar. Everything within me broadens, my mind, my heart, even sometimes my belly. I love to eat. This is what both Yoga and travel foster, an enthusiasm to eat life.
Cut to today, entering into my fifth year teaching, loving the spark my initial training ignited, insanely grateful for what teaching and my student’s have taught me since, but so yearning for more training. And still yearning for Bali. I have been fortunate to travel to many exquisite places, but Bali still lies waiting. I knew Yoga would bring me there, take me there or find me there, and it’s through the extraordinarily badass Travel Yogi that this dream can become a reality. For any of us, not just me.
I’m looking to advance my training, delve into something new and interesting while absorbing the beauty of our surroundings. For me, and those interested in the same, the opportunity is there waiting for us to seize it. For those ready to embark on their initial training, their first or maybe second or third 200 hour RYT certification, this is also there for you. In July 2013, The Travel Yogi will be offering impeccable Indonesian accommodations, sustenance and guidance through the Mukti Yoga School teacher training intensives. Whether you’re taking that first major step or taking a step further into your education, there are fantastic options being offered that I am fueled with passion to pursue.
This is an investment in ourselves as human beings, not simply in our potential careers. I’m brewing with excitement knowing Yoga has instilled the courage and tenacity in me to make this happen, to saying Yes to life and following my bliss. I hope to see many of you there.
All About Danielle: Danielle Robinson is Never Not Hungry. A Yoga, travel, food, laughter and life enthusiast, Danielle lived, studied and traveled in Italy for 3 years, and then embarked on her teacher training in New York City with Sonic Yoga. Since, she’s lived and taught in Chicago, stretched, folded and chewed throughout the U.S., and now is thrilled to lend her passion as a writer and teacher to the Travel Yogi. She is stupefied to be alive and grateful to share the gift of Yoga to the world.