In October I attended a month-long intensive training with Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. This is just one quarter of the complete training, I am currently seeing clients with the guidance of a mentor, as an intern with the program.
One of my assignments is to tell my story.
So here goes...
Telling my PRYT story is something I do differently in each conversation. I teach at a large Yoga studio in Denver, so I am in contact with a wide variety of people.
I begin with listening to the person I am speaking with, and to what they are saying, the language they are using, and what story they are telling me. What is present?
Then, I choose from the depth of my experience as a human and as a yoga teacher, to tell my story.
Often I share that I have been teaching for a long time, a decade to be exact. I share that Yoga has sustained me through some very difficult times. And profoundly so. Sometimes it was only when teaching yoga that I felt "out of" my own misery and anxiety. I share that I have always been aware of the power of Yoga to heal, but through my own experience, I have come closer to knowing.
I acknowledge all the healing that is happening in the public yoga classes that are attended by so many, and remain curious to why. In that curiosity, my desire to know more and to offer more deepened. I wasn't sure yet where I would find it.
One day last spring, I attended a workshop with a PRYT practitioner (Liz Keltner) that was being offered to the teacher training team at Kindness Yoga, and what she taught use so resonated with the knowing I wanted to bring forth, that I immediately looked up the Phoenix Rising program, and signed up for the very next training!
The techniques I am learning in Phoenix Rising have changed my yoga teaching in the studios, by giving me new insight and approach to what is happening for my students, or clients, right there on their mats.
The techniques I am learning have also given me a framework to help my private clients to explore what is happening now.
I am truly excited and inspired to continue this path, with the acknowledgement that so much healing is already happeneing, and that some will have a similar desire as I had, to explore deeper, to seek more, to see how Yoga can truly offer them the space from which their inner wisdom can arise and become their own guide, where stories can be completed and processed, and true healing can come to being.
Kristen is the creator of Indieflow Yoga and Yoga For A Cause. She lives and teaches in Denver, Colorado