Sukatha of a Yoga Teacher
सुकथा Sukatha of a Yoga Teacher: Ryan
Sukatha means beautiful story, meet Ryan, a recent Yoga Teacher Trainee in Winston Salem, this is his sukatha!
My yoga journey started about 3 years ago. Like many others, I decided to try out yoga because I felt the need to improve my flexibility. I had been working at a gym for several months and decided to attend one of the yoga classes offered there. Susannah Cecil was the teacher for the class that I attended. I would soon come to realize how lucky I was to have her as an instructor. Over the next two years or so, I came to class almost every Tuesday and Thursday. I felt so good after the classes (mentally and physically) that I started to crave practicing yoga and I felt off if I missed a few days.
In the summer of 2015, Susannah mentioned yoga teacher training to me. She heard that Kristen was offering teacher training at the YWCA and thought it would be a great opportunity for me. My first reaction was, “Really?? You think I could be a good yoga teacher?”. I am pretty shy and quiet, so the idea of voluntarily getting up in front of a group of people and telling them what to do seemed pretty daunting! When Susannah replied that she really did think I could be a good teacher, I started to consider the possibility.
After a few more months, I finally decided to go for it. I got in touch with Kristen and signed up for her Spring 2016 teacher training. Katie, my wife was very supportive of my decision and continues to encourage and support my yoga teaching journey.
Over the course of the four months of training, I learned so much (and made some new friends!). Anatomy, alignment, chakras, energetics, professionalism, different styles of yoga… the list goes on. The main thing that I took away from my training though, is that yoga is about so much more than just asana. It is about finding that quiet place. That place where you can just breathe, be still, and know that there is a divine presence. For me, that presence is God. Others see it as a part of themselves or just a part of nature. However we choose to view it, we all benefit from finding and dwelling in that place where we can just breathe.
I’ve been teaching for a few months now and I really enjoy it. I love sharing the gifts that yoga has given to me with others. Having someone tell me after class how much they enjoyed the practice or how good they feel makes my day!