Some of you know of my journey to becoming a Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor: the classes and workshops, the preparations and practices. I simply went down the road that others had traveled before me. Along the way I found myself asking, how did I get here?
- The first time I walked up the wall backwards and found myself upside down;
- The first time I sat in front of a room full of students to teach them the yoga asanas (poses);
- Each Introductory I and II assessment series that led to becoming a certified instructor.
How did I get there? I took one step and then another. I trusted my teachers. I trusted the path, the process.
I want to continue to be a better practitioner, teacher, and yogini. How will I get there?
- I will continue to attend classes and workshops.
- I will practice by myself and with others. I have a friend who is joining me and we will travel together. I have the support of my teachers and our yoga community friends. I have my students.
- I will get up each morning with the intention of being a better yogini by following the yamas and niyamas.
- Each day I will get to my mat. I may only sit there, but that is where I must begin. Perhaps I will begin with Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), heels at the wall, knees bent to lengthen the torso, then lifting the hips to lengthen the legs, breath even, eyes soft and inward looking.
- I will keep the radio off, and in that quiet solitude find my way inward. I will go towards Samadhi (illumination).
I don’t know what lies ahead, but this road has been good for me. So I will go in that direction: one foot in front of the other, using props to bring a pose to me. Perhaps I will reach the next level of certification, perhaps not, but I intend to continue traveling this road.
Will you come along with me?
Amy Duncan is a certified Iyengar Yoga teacher and teaches classes at Sunset Yoga Center and Portland State University.