Today at work I had the opportunity to listen to Grammy-Award Winning Sing-Songwriter, Artist, and Composer Marcus Hummon speak to Freshman Music students about his career. The point of his talk was that when he found himself at a point where he felt he had taken a wrong turn and was not where he needed to be, he soon found he was in exactly the right place for his next big step. As humans our minds want a linear road map. If we follow it from point A to point B, we’ll arrive at success.
Exactly one year ago I committed to a 200 hour teacher training program to start in January 2018. I had been practicing for three years and most of my friends were yoga teachers. Each time one of the suggested teacher training I would respond with “I’ll never do teacher training, I don’t want to teach yoga.” On a normal weekday, I opened an email about teacher training and my body come alive with the tingles; I felt the butterflies in my belly. I knew I had to listen because every part of my body was yelling YES.
I have never regretted my decision. I learned so much about myself and yoga, I had fierce support from my family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, I added a new best friend, I found a new tribe of fierce women and I discovered that I love to teach yoga.
Sometimes I find myself wishing I had done training sooner, but then I realize that earlier was not my time. I was exactly where I needed to be when I needed to be there. I was on my broken road. Still today I question where I am. Sometimes I feel I should be a “better” teacher, or I should have a huge following, or whatever else my ego sees as the linear road map to yoga success. But the truth is, I am exactly where I need to be. Every time I start to stress out over what I see as my yoga short comings, I get a sign that I am in the right place at the right time.
I am still on my broken road. I do not know where it will end. I have some dreams and visions, but I have also surrendered them as I really don’t know where I am going. The signs say I am on the correct road and I have a gut feeling that something is coming my way. We’ll see where this leads. I know it is a long road that may take a few years for the destination to come into full view. The one thing I know for sure is that I am on a heck of a road trip and I’ll keep reminding myself to enjoy the journey.
Marcus Hummon songs:
- Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
- Cowboy Take Me Away and Ready to Run – The Dixie Chicks
- Born to Fly – Sara Evans
- One of These Days – Tim McGraw
- Only Love – Wynonna Judd
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