The Struggles of Teaching Yoga

Let me tell you a story. 

As you probably know, I was born in Colombia and I moved to Miami, Florida when I was fifteen years old. English is not my first language and even after almost ten years of living in the states I still struggle.

First of all, I can't get rid of my accent so I kind of have made peace with the fact that it will probably never go away. So, one of my biggest fears when I decided to become a yoga teacher was my ability to communicate properly and accurately. My close friends know me very well so that if I make up a word or say the wrong thing they usually know what I mean, but it was scary to think that I would have strangers come to my class and be confused and lost.

Terrifying! Not to mention that my accent gets worse when I get nervous. Anyhow, it has been a ride, this teaching stuff didn't come easy. Specially, I seemed to have a really hard time with parts of the body.

Few interesting things I learned: chin and shin - very different things! Slightly difference in pronunciation, I messed up those A LOT. Another real struggle was feet and foot, and toes because in Spanish you say fingers of the hand and fingers of the foot but here it is fingers and toes, go figure. You would think I would have all this down after ten years living in this country. If you ever take one of my classes, expect from me to mess something up!

But at the end of the day none of this has stopped me. As terrifying as it may be to teach, I wanted to do it and so I did. If you really want something in your life, go towards it and don't look back, go even if it seems impossible to achieve. Don't let your mind or anybody tell you that you can't do it, because you can.

"If your dreams don't scare you, they aren't big enough" -Ellen Johnson