I feel that every day that I practice Yoga, I'm deciding to believe that this world can be a better world, starting with myself. Because through my own effort and perseverance I decide to give myself time and space to equilibrate my energy and become more calm. For me Yoga is meditation in movement, because when I achieve control over my body, I will achieve control over my mind. Respiration is a lullaby to my rampaging emotions. In this way, I can go out to the world with another vision, with another spirit, ready and strong but gentle and peaceful.
Why do I want to be a Yoga teacher?
Because all of this is definitively something I would like to share and to foster. Because our emotional education is poor or even inexistent, we walk around with a cluster of emotions; time bombs that are ready to explode at the slightest provocation. I really believe that Yoga can change this, and that people could save a large amount of money on psychological therapies if good yoga classes were available to them. After practicing Yoga, they will surely have something better to offer to the people surrounding them, rather than just sharing stress.
Warriors don't only exercise to strengthen their muscles, but also to strengthen their will. Their will to smile, their will to try not to react aggressively, their will to be more optimistic. I believe that yoga makes us acquire a different disposition towards life's problems. If everyone would practice yoga, I am sure there would be less war; practice yoga, not war! That should be the new slogan of the century. I want to be yoga teacher because I want to help other people to discover their inner power and the benefits that that will bring them.
Yoga practice seems like a life metaphor: the true strength consists in not ever surrendering and to always keep on trying. To prepare ourselves, hoping that everything will be better, believing, self-nourishing every little beautiful thing as well as every terrible inch of ourselves. Developing on our mat every day and allowing our body and our heart to open. To keep on going forward, always, to keep on going...
Sofía Padilla works and lives in Mexico City and has signed up for Solstice Yoga Center's 2012 summer teacher training course.