In the end, hard work ALWAYS pays off

My yoga journey started over 8 years ago when I was looking for a way to get rid of my back pain from driving at my job. I was working in a very stressful environment, coming home after long days and I really needed something to help me relax physically and mentally.

At that time in my city, there was no yoga class available so I used to practice yoga watching Youtube tutorials. At no point it crossed my mind or I had any intention of becoming a yoga teacher. When I moved to UK over 6 years ago, I was struggling because I didn’t know anyone and I needed to find a way to meet new people. This is how I found my first yoga teacher, an amazing lady that showed me that yoga is more than the physical poses and that it can be such a self-healing journey if you give it the time and a chance really.

In 2016, I started my foundation course, an 8 months course that would be the turning point for me. This course was the pre-requisite for the Level 4 Diploma in teaching yoga with British Wheel of Yoga (500hours of education) and it was without a doubt the best decision I have ever made in my life. Who would have known that the course that I started next in 2017 would actually be extended with 6 months because of the pandemic and that we will end up having some of the exams and few classes remotely? I now feel that this course for me has been a preamble for what was about to hit us..It prepared me not only to teach my students, but also to deal with unexpected situations, with the ups and downs of life and I now know that no matter what will come my way, I can handle it.

And yes, yoga is a major part of my life, it defined me and shaped me in ways that I would have never thought I will always change. I am still learning, I am still on my journey, I still have my ups and downs but knowing that I have my practice to come back to when times are hard, gives me the strength to keep going, to keep doing what I am doing.

Fast forward to this day, after over 3 years of study and hard work, all whilst working full time and being exhausted all the time, I have done it!!! I got my LEVEL 4 DIPLOMA (500 HOURS) IN TEACHING YOGA!! Even though I was about to drop off a couple of times, I now feel it was all worth it because I got my work recognised. It hasn’t been easy: the practice hours, the essays, the journeys to London on my one day off sometimes after working for 4-5 days but this has to be one of my greatest achievements!

This is just the beginning of this journey that I started around 8 years ago when I was practicing yoga on YouTube. I still have moments when I don’t think I can make it, when I think I don’t have anything interesting to share and then I look back and realise how far I am now!

2021 will be about making myself more visible, putting myself in the service of people that need me and a lot of hard work and learning! Feel free to message me for a chat, if you are going through something difficult and you think I could help you 🙂

Published by Namastayzenyoga

I have started my yoga journey more than 8 years ago, when I was working as a sales agent and I was suffering from back pain. Since then, yoga became a part of who I am and the more I learned over the years, the more I realized that I want to go deeper into what yoga really is. I started my formal training 4 years ago, with my 8 months foundation course that was an introduction to yoga philosophy, chakras, pranayama techniques, meditation and relaxation. After I finished this course, in 2017 I started my 500 hours Diploma Yoga teacher training with British Wheel of Yoga and I got the chance to find out so many interesting things that I can't wait to share with you in my classes. My style of teaching is inclusive, gentle and beginner friendly. I teach Hatha yoga style, but I integrate Vinyasa Yoga elements into my classes as well for who is up for a challenge. Yoga has changed my turned my life upside down and now I feel it's time to pass it on.

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