During the first couple of weekends of yoga teacher training, the instructors spoke about us "finding our voice". To find our voice in teaching means to move away from the scripted dialogue and into our own essence as we lead a class. Confidence in self, trust in our own ability to lead and provide cues that land with those in class does not usually happen overnight, but with practice is there. I quickly found my voice in the yoga teacher training program, as I took a deep breath and trusted that everything would work out, even if I forgot a cue that I wanted to bring to the pose that the class was in. I found my voice, as I shut my eyes to open the class with one Om, one sound of the universe, of peace. This weekend I not only continued to find my voice, but also found my "voice" through touch.
I did this through taking an Assistant Teacher Training Workshop at Metrowest Yoga Inc. in Worcester, MA with two amazing instructors who brought such incredible insight and knowledge to the practice.
I have always believed in the power of touch and there is proof to back up the claim that touch is powerful. Through the action of touch, energy can be transformed, allowing anger to dissipate, sadness to be expressed and worked through, pain to be lessened, love to be deeply felt, calm to resonate through the body... this is all possible through (respectful) touch. Now, as much as I believe in the power of touch, I personally have not always been comfortable receiving or giving touch, within the context of yoga or elsewhere. I know I am not the only one who experiences this as well. At the close of this weekend training though, I shared that I had found my voice through touch. The connection I felt with all those in the room was so beautiful, strong, and compassionate. As an instructor, providing hands-on support in a pose to a student presents a moment of connection and the exchange of peaceful energy as the breath of the instructor and student may even sync up in rhythm one with the other. Hands-on assists may also be provided to stabilize or strengthen one's position in an asana. This connection felt empowering as the student, the one receiving the assist and as the assistant or instructor it felt empowering and deeply humbling, as you get to share in the experience of the student's practice in the asana for a moment. To share in the practice of yoga with another, in this way, through touch, is deeply humbling. I feel so honored to be able to bring hands-on assistants and adjustments into my teaching practice now, as well.
I also feel more confident in my own sense of self and in my body -- and to think that was made possible through the power of positive touch. -- I found my voice in a new way this weekend on the mat and I am thrilled to be have the opportunity to share this.
A spiritual being on a physical journey, striving to make a positive impact on this world through my actions and loving intention. I believe that we are all capable of greatness, it is how we channel this great energy that matters... I choose to express it in the name of -- peace and love.