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Friends, your passion is inside of you.
You may have discounted it. Maybe you’ve doubted it. I know I did.
In an interview with Yoga Journal, (keep an eye out! It will be published soon! ) The Editor asked me how I started teaching Yoga and it got me thinking about Dharma. What we love, what we have to share, is already happening if we trust and let it blossom.
You see, I actually spent years wondering, asking, desperately seeking my life’s purpose, not realizing I was already doing it.
When I was little, my Mum took me to Yoga with her and I started Meditating at 19. I loved Pranayama, and now I look back on it, though it’s probably a little unusual, from a very early age, I was fascinated by mystics, different ways of looking at life and the possibility of accessing more of our human potential.
When I worked in Special Ed, I taught Yoga to my classes. This was in 1990 when no-one in schools really knew what Yoga was. I didn’t call it Yoga. Just teaching children techniques so they felt naturally peaceful rather than imposing silence on them.
I used to constantly try and get my friends into Yoga. I loved it so much. I just never thought I’d be the one teaching them. Because in my mind, I thought I couldn’t teach Yoga; I’m not an Indian Swami.
When Riv was a baby, to release shoulder tension from breast-feeding I used to practice postures wherever I was, and my friends starting asking me to teach them too.
When I was living in New York, more and more people started asking me to teach them. I was reluctant. Because I thought I couldn’t. At the time there were no Teacher Training programs. There wasn’t the explosion of Yoga we’re experiencing now.
It kind of just developed for me, because I didn’t say I was teaching Yoga, just when my friend asked, I’d show them, and they’d want more so we’d set up a time, and then their friends wanted to come too, and before I knew it I was teaching large groups. And I loved it! One day, alight with the joy of sharing Yoga, it hit me, this was it, my soul’s purpose.
If you’re asking what’s your passion, trying to find it outside, know that it is in you. The clues are in what you love.