Turning great expectations into great experiences

I took a spontaneous trip to Antigua, Guatemala last week and it was this kind of beautiful:

It started with a cool opportunity: My former biz coach Rebecca Tracey and I were chatting when she mentioned that she and a few other women entrepreneurs were getting a villa in Antigua and there was room for one more and did I want to go. Hells yes I want to go. So, I chatted with my partner about the idea (who was, of course, pumped for me to have a cool adventure), got my classes covered, found a cheap flight, packed two bags and then re-packed down to one reasonably-sized bag, and off I went.

It was a working vacation for everyone, spent in cafes with Guatemalan dark roast, brainstorming with smart women making their dream life a real thing, eating the BEST guacamole, and wrapping in the evenings with wine and “la bomba” – the super-hot hot tub in our courtyard – listening to the volcano rumble and swapping our Rogue One personal stories. Lots of laughs and learning and new friendships forged.

There was one key thing I observed during this trip:

The main difference between people who are living their dream and people who aren’t is what each wakes up expecting. Every morning, we all got up and expected that we’d create the life we’d imagined for ourselves, and that it would work. And we did, and it did. That doesn’t mean we weren’t working through challenges, but we were also working to get where we wanted to be.

In yoga we call this kind of practice “vinyasa krama”: Not simply moving, but taking certain steps in a certain way, towards a certain goal. Moving with intention.

Over the years I’ve learned to trust that kind of intention-driven movement. It’s what’s made my life as kickass as it is. It takes vision, trust in one’s self, and the simple (not always easy) commitment to keep moving in the right direction. It works better if it’s responsive rather than rigid: I haven’t always known what my next move would be, and the flow of life is rarely linear, so I’ve learned to stay focused on where I want to end up and to just keep lining up my toes with the end goal.

“To climb a mountain (or a volcano if you’re in Guatemala), aim your feet in it’s direction, and keep putting one foot in front of the other until you arrive.”

Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training with Advanced Instructor Asia Nelson, workshop Diane Bruni Kitchener | Waterloo | Toronto

This past weekend was the (G)rad Party for the 2016 Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) crew and it was a night – a year, really – of celebration and gratitude for the experience of a lifetime. Every year, this training produces great yoga teachers and changes people’s lives, and it’s inspiring as F for me to watch people show up at different stages to seize the opportunities this course creates.

This accomplishment requires the same kind of focus that was evident with my Antigua crew: people committing to the lives they want to create, and then actually creating it.

Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training generates success because we do two key things:

  • We study the best skills to succeed as yoga teachers. It’s a good gig; this course makes people great at it.
  • We create a safe space and constant opportunities for people to make the changes they want in their lives.

My approach with this training is rooted in yoga’s philosophy of “Namaste”. Namaste is how you say “hello” or “goodbye” in India, but its origins come from a belief that we are all free, strong, capable beings at our core. When we greet someone with “namaste” we’re saying, “My strong, free self sees your strong, free self.” In this training, I see people as already free, strong, and capable, and my job is to greet them with a space and opportunities to practice living as such.

In other words, I wake up each day expecting that the people in my training will succeed at creating what they’re envisioning, and then we get on doing it. In the process, we develop what BKS Iyengar called a “deep-seated trust in oneself.” That, to me, is true yoga.

About Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training

If you’ve been wanting to explore this kind of growth and change, check out Pranalife Yoga Teacher Training (YTT).

Lots of people take this training for personal interest. Come to strengthen your yoga practice and study the art of living with more freedom. Give yourself a new way to approach your life.

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“I will never forget YTT. It has contributed to massive changes in my life.
You bridged this gap between my regular life to something beyond that.”

~ Kimmi Luu, Pranalife YTT 2010

“Is this real life?! Biggest thank you to Asia … you have pushed me to break free of countless boundaries.
Thank you for being a bad ass yogi.”

~ Sarah Kraatz, Pranalife YTT 2015

“More and more every day I am grateful for the amazing teacher training you provided me.
Completely changed the way I view so much in my life.”

~ Aaron Friesen, Pranalife YTT 2013

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