My Dream Job – How I Discovered it Was Teaching Yoga
I was recently asked how I discovered that teaching yoga was my dream job. You know, the age old quest to “Find your life’s passion and do it”. I have been thinking about that question ever since and finally came up with the best answer I could.
I Stopped Looking for My Dream Job
The discovery of my dream job came when I stopped looking for my dream job.
I spent almost two decades coming up with unsuccessful schemes and chasing wild career ideas that I thought would make me happy. I went to university twice (never finished a degree), got my hairdressing certificate (hated it), started the crawl up various career ladders in retail and restaurants (too lazy to actually get good at any of them), tried several different ways of doing child care (nannying, daycare centre, preschools, home daycare), worked in theatre and ballet (and desperately dreamed of being ON the stage rather than in the office). This girl even did a day of door to door sales! I was constantly seeking and forever frustrated.
But then one day, I gave up. I stopped trying to figure it out. I knew what I DIDN’T want to do, but not what I DID, and I was wearing myself out trying to get to right. So I just stopped looking for the answer. Little did I know then that that was actually the solution.
At the time, I didn’t know what made me want to take my yoga teacher training. I now know it was the universe’s way (or God’s, or Nature, or Source or whatever name you would prefer to use here) of saying “THIS. This is what you are meant to be doing.”
I had only practiced yoga for about a year, and it was a sporadic habit at best, but something in me (or outside of me) decided I needed to do this. I had no money for the $3200 tuition (like, none), but yet I still moved forward on the idea.
Tired of not doing things “because I can’t afford it”, I was inspired by Wayne Dyer’s book “Excuses Begone”. I just trusted the money would show up somehow. And it did. (Extra work appeared, held utility deposits were given back, tax returns came in in my favour).
How It All Fell Into Place
The course was a struggle. Yoga training asks you to REALLY look at yourself – not always fun or comfortable to do. And about half way through, I thought, “No way am I teaching yoga. This is NOT my dream job”. But by the time I did my practicum, I was SO exited to go out and teach a class. I started subbing right away. Subbing quickly turned into a regular class, which turned into more classes, then studio management, then becoming a member of a teacher training team. I never had to “look” for a yoga job. And I loved doing what I was doing every step of the way.
Last year, I made the decision to step away from the teacher training company I was working with in order to become completely self employed. I wanted to take my teaching in a direction that was more authentic to me and start my own teacher training company – SKY Yoga Teacher Training. It was a scary move, but I continued to trust and things continued to fall into place. And yoga remains my dream job.
I have truly discovered that the less I seek, the faster the answers come. I know it sounds totally corn dog, but seriously, I have confidence that what I am meant to be doing will present itself. That’s not meant in a magic pixie dust sort of way. There is an idea in my head of what I want things to look like, and I prepare in ways that will help make that happen, but I no longer have the desperation of “must make this work!!” I rely a LOT on how it feels when I consider an idea or opportunity. If it feels good, I act on it. If not, I let the idea go.
Dealing With Self Doubt
I am not 100% good at this by the way. There are still moments of self doubt and questioning whether I am doing the right thing. But I handle those moments much better than I ever did before. I am patient with myself when I feel like I am freaking out. When I DO feel doubtful, I try to picture myself back in the world of 9 – 5, or making a full time income in a restaurant or retail environment, and the picture just doesn’t feel good.
I LOVE teaching yoga, and until I am presented with an opportunity that feels better than what it feels like to teach, I will keep on doing it
I would LOVE to hear from any of you who are truly doing what you love! How did you get there? What is YOUR advice? How do you deal with the gremlins of self doubt?