And so it begins….


by Bethanie Jones

The dog days of summer are here and the studio is buzzing with tanned faces and smiles. Maybe you are new to the community or maybe you have been coming for some time. You can’t help but feel the sense of ease and comfort when you enter. The soft aroma of incense, dimmed lighting and perfect temperature makes class feel so decadent it should have a day’s worth of calories.

It’s also the time of year when the phrase “yoga teacher training” starts to come up in the class announcements. I remember the first time I heard it. I felt a shift in my body and a faint excitement in my belly. I may have even cracked a smile. I of course immediately let the thought go and proceeded through class. I couldn’t do yoga teacher training.

If you are anything like me, you could talk yourself out of pretty much anything. ” It’s too much money, too much time away from family, my practice isn’t good enough, I don’t even want to teach, what will people think, and who do I think I am anyways? I’m too old, or too young, too tired, too busy. I simply just CAN’T”.

I found myself revisiting the thought. Could I?

After a LONG stint of hemming and hawing, I chose to take the leap of faith, be open to this pulling of the universe and treat myself to the journey.

I am writing this blog entry as a 2015 Namaste YTT graduate.

So when I say I understand, I do.

The truth is, is we already know what is in our hearts if we choose to be brave enough to listen. The good, the bad and the ugly, we already know. This program provides the loving support you need to take your life to the next level. It takes your practice, your self-worth, your relationship with yourself and with others to a level of clarity that can truly be defined in no other way than as a true gift.

You will be challenged and supported, alone yet surrounded; brave and yet afraid, healed and then broken wide open. You will realize that it’s ok to not know what’s next and that no matter how much of a plan you think you have, life always wins.

I could go on and on with how much I recommend this program, how for the first time in my life I have found a family in those at Namaste, and how I feel as though my life has taken on a new direction solely because of YTT; but doing so seems gluttonous: for there are no real words to describe the transformation ahead should you choose to forego the journey.

All I can say with certainty is believe that the universe is whispering in your ear for a reason and follow its lead.

And so it begins….

One thought on “And so it begins….

  • September 16, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Yes, Bethanie you said it very well. It was a wonderful life changing experience I would say too! I am glad I got to do it along side you and the others from our Kula. I will forever hold this dear to my heart. Thank you for reminding how great it was . Lots of Love , Teri


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