“If you want confusion and heartache, ask vague questions. If you want uncommon clarity and results, ask uncommonly clear questions.” ~ Tim Ferriss

“What do I want to do with my life?” is a terrible question.

You’ll always feel like you don’t have enough information to answer it – because you don’t. Your entire life is way too long a trajectory, and hopefully you want to do A LOT of things. When you ask yourself this question, your brain tends to give you that screen we used to see when the programming ended on tv (that’s right, kids, there was a time when the program would just *stop*).

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Or for the younger crowd, it prompts your brain to give you the spinning beachball of death a l’Apple.

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Try these questions instead:

“What excites me?” (thanks: Tim Ferriss) Break it down into doable steps. What excites you right now? What excites you to think about doing over the next year? How about five years from now? Don’t try to connect the dots, just imagine, let your brain expand and explore.

“What kind of person do I want to be?” (thanks: Marie Forleo) This gives you more of a moment-by-moment manual for living and de-emphasizes trying to control so much of what’s outside of your circle of influence; namely, the events of the future that all have to play nice with your plans for them to work out. Instead, get an idea of how you would BE in a number of different situations and see which ones seem to bring out/support your Best Self.

“How do I want to feel?” (thanks: Danielle LaPorte) This question is brilliant because it gets to the “why” behind the “what”. If you think you want to be a Yoga Teacher, this allows you to tap into *why* you want that. If you follow that rabbit down the hole you’ll likely find that you end with a feeling. You want to do what you want to do because you WANT. You have desires to fulfill. It’s not selfish; it’s your ‘destiny’ and the source of what drives you. Own your feelings and desires and let them work *with* your head.

“What’s the very next thing I could do to move in the right direction?” (this one’s mine) I’ve often found that a “start anywhere” approach works for me because being stuck is pretty much the worst. Just get started, get moving, and course-correct as you go. I find that sitting down and free-writing at the beginning of my work day is exactly what I need to overcome the inertia of stuckness and get me moving toward my goals. That ALWAYS feels better than procrastinating, avoiding, or panicking.

Almost every time I feel confused, I’m asking questions that aren’t useful. Clarity comes from better questions. And don’t be discouraged if it takes a bit of practice before you know how to answer. Be patient and practice Santosa: Be content to start where you are, as who you are, and do what you’re able right now (thanks: Rolf Gates).

Try these on and let us know in the comments what kinds of insights you get!!

Are you ready to create the change you’ve been craving in your life? Check out Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training.

I’ve had a lot of opportunities with Pranalife Yoga that could’ve satisfied me: globe-trotting retreats, dedicated private clients, bigger and better classes and workshops … But I poured my blood, sweat, and creative energy into Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training. It takes a lot of work to build a credible, successful, quality yoga teacher training program, and you’ve got to really want to do it. Here’s why I really wanted to (and did) do it:

Our training gives you options and freedom

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You can create real change in your life, quickly.

  • Teacher training is where people can create lasting change in a relatively short amount of time. Yoga is a steady, introspective, powerful process of generating insights which we turn into changes that keep us at the helm of our empowered lives. It’s hard to teach that process in a 60 or 90 minute yoga class. We need time to expand, study, dig deep, share, listen, reflect, practice, grow, experiment and clarify intentions – to MASTER yoga – in a safe space and community of supportive people who have similar goals. Teacher training supports tribes creating interesting, positive changes in their lives through yoga.

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You become a great yoga instructor.

  • My legacy is rooted in guiding a benevolent tribe of kick-ass yogis whom I hope become better, stronger, smarter, and more successful than me. It keeps me sharp to have to stay ahead of them for as long as I’m able, and it’s a true statement of whether what I do has value if I see people living better lives and doing better things because of their time with me.
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You’ll feel more empowered in your own life.

  • As Seth Godin would say, I want to change the conversation. The practice of yoga is a solid method for waking up, letting go of worn-out ways of being, and developing a creative approach to life. When we really understand how to dig deep into it, practicing yoga the way we study it in Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training can move us from being passive followers to powerful leaders in our own lives. I’m invested in that evolving function of fitness – of becoming truly fit for life. Particularly when it comes to voices that have been suppressed, and for every voice there’s an emerging opportunity right now to develop our potential that yoga is uniquely able to support. Learning how to use yoga to do that requires a certain amount of time and investment, and we take that time in Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training to get really good at evolving.

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You’ll have the best time becoming the best version of you, with the best people.

  • Honestly, Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training is just a brilliant, magical, hilarious, insightful, powerful, helpful, hopeful, interesting, empowering experience. Whether you end up teaching or not, this training is an opportunity to invest in yourself, to connect with like-minded people, and possibly change the course of your life. It’s an opportunity to rest, to reflect, to step back from ordinary life and just breathe, while learning a tonne about movement, change, freedom, and yourself.

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Interested in Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training? Learn more HERE.

 

 


Sarah de Poray – Pranalife Yoga Certified Instructor, 2016

YTT was a pivotal experience in my life. I knew it was going to be massive, but it affected me in more ways than I anticipated.

Initially, we dialed our physical practices way back in order to drill deep into the details of how and why we’re moving the way we move. Asia was the first person ever to identify that I had been compensating for two muscular weaknesses, which led to investigating, researching, rehabilitating, strengthening and ultimately gaining a deeper confidence in my body. Thanks to that initial work, I’m a far stronger and more capable mover than I could’ve been without that time and focus, and I likely avoided physical injuries/issues as a result.

That style of deep exploration into our physical practices continued through the training into all aspects of our lives. The process was insightful, practical, revealing, sometimes hilarious, and there were so many ah-ha moments. I had to be willing to lean into discomfort, doubt, attachment – I had to have the courage to look directly into who I am. It wasn’t always easy, but it felt safe because Asia’s calm, confident support was there throughout. Thanks to that work, I came out with a deep knowledge of myself, a completely renewed approach to life, to yoga, to how I am with others. I came out transformed.

What makes Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training different? Asia. She’s a strong, fierce, fearless, wise leader who sees people and masterfully connects with their higher selves. Asia knows how to uncover potential in people, even when it’s been denied, overlooked, and/or undervalued.

Through this monumental journey of YTT that Asia leads people through year after year, she embodies freedom, strength and resilience, and gives people the sense that they, too, can step into their truth. She’s a true guide, a strong mentor who challenges others with love and determination to become not just “good enough” but better, stronger, to wade through the bullshit to rediscover and reclaim their power, their right to speak up, stand up and be powerful.

Meet Sarah DePoray: