In the absence of a yoga teacher at the studio, I have taken the decision to (finally) get qualified.
I have wanted to do this for as long as I can remember so you are about to witness one of my dreams actually coming true. I feel so lucky, privileged, excited and expectant. I know that this forthcoming month of study is going to change my life not just from an academic and furthered education point but equally as a "life / goal / threshold" moment.
And where will I be studying? I did weeks of research to find the most cost effective and comprehensive teaching that would fit into the studio's "holiday" period. After much deliberation I settled on India. Goa to be precise; in a small ashram two minutes away from a beautiful beach. I did consider being in the mountains...for about ten minutes! But being a costal dweller for most of my life I couldn't deny myself this "once-in-a-lifetime" experience to be studying next to the ocean.
And before you think that the studio has been doing so incredibly well for me to be abandoning my beloved clients and nurturing space to be galavanting around the world for a sunny time away I would like to share the following little "additions" that have made my trip become a reality: 53k Avios that were due to expire at the end of the year; no holiday abroad for 2.5 years; cheaper cost per course delivered than UK / EU; International RYS qualification as opposed to UK / US accredited; life in an ashram for a month; Christmas on a beach.
With all of the aforementioned, it is plain to see that I really couldn't let this opportunity pass me by. I don't have enough for tuition fees yet but I am "expectant" and believe that this will not be a huge anchor to scupper an incredible experience. As per the "laws of attraction" blog recently, I just need to request it and trust that my needs will be met.
For me, wherever in the world my learnings would be taking place I know I would still be incredibly enthusiastic and "hungry" for a fuller understanding and deeper knowledge in an area that has been a constant part of my life for more than 20 years. When asked last year whilst in my last digital role how much money would I need to "change my life" I immediately answered "around four grand." The chaps in the conversation almost laughed out loud as their multiple millions seemed much more "realistic" than my ridiculously meagre amount. When the conversation came back to what we would be doing with the specified amounts and how happiness / contentment / change would manifest I was filled with a glow of pride when I said I would train as a yoga teacher. It is astounding to think how close I am now (especially as not £4k but closer to £2k!) to realising my dream. It would be most illuminating to see how near they are to theirs at this very moment.
And that is it; the current update from the studio. Please do share this post. Not just as a reminder to your friends and potential new visitors to the studio of closure dates but equally to share the wonderment that following a dream can be so incredibly exciting. Besides, it would be good to get as many people to "watch this space" as a whole new chapter begins. I cant wait to share some of the truly exhilarating plans I have for the New Year...when I have a shiny new qualification in hand, of course! : )