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From Yogi to Yogacharya
Stay at Home Mom is Work But...
Taking Your Yoga Workout to a New Level - Decision to Become a Yoga Instructor
I am a stay at home mom. I did not choose to be a stay at home mom, but when I became pregnant I lost my job. Since then I have not been able to find any opportunities in the job field. At this point with the economy and daycare cost being astronomical for my child, it is just simpler to stay at home and provide what I can for my family. I may not have a source of income, but at least I am saving in the cost of life.
However, the cost of life is increasing and job seeking is a must. There is no more one income family just to get by, but the actual necessity for more income. Just cutting the cost of living by staying at home no longer fits the criteria of mother and wife. I scan the want ads, craigslist, and all the help wanted online sites. My personality is screaming at me and has been since my last day of work.
I have always been the person who has had 3 jobs. Living on my own, independant, money in my pocket even if it was a dollar. Money I earned and experiences I worked. People met and new lessons learned. Now I was a mom at home. Believe me, I understand being a mom in itself is a job, sometimes it feels like five, but being out in the world earning a dollar that is what I am yearning. Working is in my nature, so to just be a stay at home mom ate away at my beliefs for a couple years.
Wonderfully Ordinary But Determined
There were no jobs anywhere. Clerical, maybe, but no one was hiring. Retail, perhaps, but the hours did not fit together with Mom schedule without radical change and increase in cost of living. Overnight, online, food services, and the list continued, but absolutely nothing. I needed a career - a degree - anything to be able to enter into the world of actual available jobs that would not increase my cost of living even though I would have an income.
After researching and trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do, I came up with nothing. Absolutely nothing, except unrealistic plans that would ultimately put a deeper hole in my pocket. I have a college diploma, an associate's degree, but that hasn't been much help. I even research everything and anything online that I could earn some form of income. Unfortunately nothing seemed to be right. Soul searching, trying to reinvent myself after the transformation my mind, body and soul went through having a child and being a mother and wife, nothing gave my search an answer.
How can I be able to work, a job that I can help people and be able to have fun while still being able to provide my child with myself as her full time carer? Day after day I pondered this question.
Do You Do Yoga
Have you been to a yoga class?
TIME OUT! Relax and Do Yoga
Working Out to Relax the Chitter Chatter of the Mind - Is Yoga the Answer?
With the stresses of life piling atop me like a blanket of snow in a blizzard, I had to escape. I was doing my best if not giving two hundred percent effort in trying to find a job and being a wife, mom, sister, daughter, aunt, granddaughter. There was still nothing, not an answer in sight for the dilema I had in my head. I needed to escape, I needed to run screaming off never to be heard of again. Mentally and physically needing to recover I began to take yoga at a local spa to escape since in reality you can not run from life.
While I was younger I took the opportunity in college to study yoga for 2 years and the experience had always left a mark on my soul. I found sessions at a local spa for a reasonable price and my adventure to recovery began in more ways than one, but I did not know it at the time. The instructor was an older woman, very mellow and lovable. Practice was bliss. I felt young again, I felt like myself again. My body was finally recovering from child bearing and my mind was stilling. My body was awakening and a transformation was slowly unfolding.
After 6 months, yoga was suiting my need to find myself and reestablish my body, but I still was pondering day in and day out about work. There was still nothing out there. I was getting frustrated and my mind was still wandering. Yoga became just another workout until one day I walked into class and there was a new teacher.
She was vibrant, full of life and yoga was everything. Herself shone so bright, she knew who she was, she understood her role in life. If she had struggles there were no signs, no frowns, no wrinkles, no frustrations, just simply peaceful and blissful. Yoga enthralled my body and her teachings spoke to my soul and quieted my mind. The answer was Yoga!
Try It Today!
Adventure has just begun and more tales will be told
Soon after I had my epiphany. I loved yoga, it was healthy for my body and my mind. The timing was perfect for being a mom. The cost of living would not increase enough where it outweighed the extra income. I always wanted to be a teacher, but a yoga instructor. Why couldn't I be a yoga teacher?
Again back to the internet. Researching the actual How To's of becoming a yoga instructor and figuring out exactly how to adhere it to the schedule life was handing me became my next step. There were so many programs, week long courses, month long retreats, online courses. You name it, there was a way to be certified in 24 hours if you really needed. But these all were not for me. Also most of these certification programs to become a yoga teacher were either very far away or very expensive. So I narrowed down my search to a couple counties away over an hour drive. I was about to embark into the unknown. Being a little frighten I thought I should wait and maybe get some information from a human and not just the many articles I did happen to read online.
So one day after a session I approached my teacher and asked. She explained about the teacher training course she had taken and the various types of yoga. How some certification programs are better than others and using your brain you can figure out which one is best for you. Then the most incredible alignment of the cosmos occurred. Her colleagues actually were setting up one themselves in the fall and only 30 minutes from my home. It would stretch over 9 months, classes being on the weekends. The timing, the structure it all was perfect and the instructor who was teaching the program was my original yoga teacher from college.
I immediately got in contact, signed up and by the time September rolled around entered into the journey of becoming a certified yoga instructor.
Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu
© 2012 Taura Rutigliano