#365yoga: Day 20 Pursue your Happiness

I can’t help it:  I am just walking around smiling today!  The sun is shining, there’s the promise of more snow and I had a wonderful time teaching this morning.  Ever once in a while I get a glimpse of where I am and what I’m doing and I have to stop and pinch myself.  People, I’m here to tell you that if you want to do something go grab it, give it your utmost and fullest attention and it will be yours!  It is said that the Universe listens and I am proof that it is true!

Last night I was sitting in bed sending emails back and forth to Claire Dederer, author of the latest in yoga memoirs and all around excellent gal.  Yep, me:  CT mom and sometimes gym yoga teacher was having an email conversation with a New York Times reviewed book author!  My giddiness about this story may seem silly to you, but the reality is that I am just a regular person who decided she wanted to interview Claire and you know what I did?  I asked!  I knew she could have said no, she even could have ignored me.  But she didn’t and now I have an awesome Q and A to post in the coming days at Elephant Journal.  The same thing happened over a year ago when I went to a workshop at Fresh Yoga with Sadie Nardini.  I walked right up to this teacher whose You Tube videos I had been watching, loving and sharing with everyone and said, “Can I interview you for YogaDork and Elephant Journal?”  The rest of course is history.

My point in telling these stories is just to remind you that if you believe that you CAN do something then you WILL do it.  I wanted to be a yoga teacher for YEARS and I was scared I wouldn’t be able to do it, wouldn’t be good and wasn’t “yoga teacher” material.  Then suddenly that changed and I finally got the cajones to get my ass to a 200H program and train.  When it came time to finish and be certified I started asking for jobs.  I didn’t know I’d ever get hired, but knew I could do it and now seven months later I am turning down teaching opportunities and teaching 34 people in one class how to do Sun Salutations!

Two weeks ago at Kripalu  I said to my pal Ava of Yama Talent: ” but then again what do I really know, I’m just mom up in a quiet corner of CT,”  and she said to me, “Stop saying such nonsense and realize your talents: your super hero, extraordinary talents.”  She’s 100% right and we all have them.  Find yours and you too can pursue your own happiness. I’m not saying it always works, trust me I have those stories as well.  But believe that you CAN do something, take a chance and ask for it. Then you can go outside on this sunny snowy day with me and breathe in the air knowing that YOU did what was good for YOU. Be selfish for a moment, make yourself important and trust that your best interests will lead you where you most need to be.

Good luck and Buddha belly rubs….  let me know how it works!


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10 responses to “#365yoga: Day 20 Pursue your Happiness

  1. Love love LOVE this! It rings SO many bells- my mom always says “why don’t you just ask?” and my other favourite “there’s nothing you can’t do that you put your mind to.”

    Keep rockin’ it, sister!

    • It’s a hard thing to remember when you aren’t sure if you can do something, but you don’t know until you try. Rufus Wainwright came to CT and I contacted all his “people” to offer to teach him. My husband was gobsmacked that I would even think to do it, and while no one ever got back to me it was worth a try. The thought of it still makes me smile. xo

  2. Thank you for this. I may be about to start out on my own journey of trying to be a yoga teacher now that my training is done and it’s really nice to hear a success story. It’s scary, but I think I’m ready to try.

    • Go for it! Teacher training was wonderful, hard and very eye opening. I met some of my favorite people in the whole world and learned lots not only about yoga but also about myself. Sounds super cliche but it’s true! There are a million places you can share yoga when you are done, a traditional studio might not be the best place. I find that while I do teach at a couple of studios, the places where I’ve gotten a.) private students and b.) the most overwhelming responses to my classes are at gyms. People need the time to breathe and stretch and feel and sometimes gyms are the place to get that. Here in CT you have to have your 200H to even teach at a gym. Good luck and definitely keep me posted!

  3. I was just reading piece in Sweeping the Dust about enthusiasm last night, and as I read your post today it came back to me. The joy in doing something with enthusiasm is very motivating. Sometimes you don’t know if you can do it until you try, so if try give it your all!

  4. Thank you for this genuine, heartfelt, beautiful post – you just gave me goosebumps and brought a tear to my eye. It’s powerful once we realize what we are really capable of and stop living in a dress rehearsal. Love it, Flying Yogini. Kudos to you. Keep on keepin’ on with your bad self!

  5. Awesome! It’s fear that stops us most of the time … stupid thoughts! “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” This is the question we have to keep coming back to, huh? You’re my hero, Nancy!

  6. Love this post! What I needed to read today, thank you :)

  7. i love how one simple action like that can set your world on fire. so awesome.

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