Today, I set an intention of being present. While I strive to find presence in each day, I was extra aware of it today. Simply for the fact that this is my last week with my students.
As a teacher, I have many first days, first weeks, last days and last weeks in my future. It was this time last year I had my very first last week of teaching, last day of teaching. This year, though, is different. This year has been special.
I swore off teaching at my first year. After living 10 months of constant stress, an overly ambitious and eager attitude, I knew I couldn’t live the next 10, 20, 30+ years like this. If this was teaching, I thought, I did not want to be a teacher. So, I took a leap, changed paths, and created my own happiness.
Little did I know that my journey would lead me right back into the classroom.
My second year of teaching has been completely different. What changed exactly? Me. I changed my attitude. I created new habits. I shifted my perspective. Teaching was no longer this exhausting career because I made choices that kept me balanced.
And it all started on my mat. Yoga became my escape during my first year of teaching. The heat, the mantras, chanting ohm. I loved it all. What started as my escape soon became my home. When I step foot on my mat, I become grounded. I become reminded of the power within myself. The power I have to create a greater balance, a greater good.
I look back and am amazed at the mental and physical transformation I’ve had on my mat. The struggle was real when I would attempt downward dog. My tight muscles matched perfectly with my tight mind. But, overtime, it all lightened and loosened up.
As I reflect on my journey over the past two years, I am surrounded with gratitude for the growth and the experiences. However, everyday is a new day. We will always be newbies, beginners in this life of ours. I want a part of each day, of each journey to be spent on my mat; to be grounded by Split Pea.
There’s no time like the present to practice presence. So, join in me #onmymat365. Get on your mat once a day, every day to find the bliss, the gratitude, the happiness in your journey.
Shout out to my forever friend Erin who helped get me started on my yoga, soul searching journey.