The Moksha yoga teacher training program requires me to journal once each week about my experience with the poses and assignments + my practice and progress. This is part of that weekly assignment.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”
This is a quote by John Lennon that used to hang in my sorority dorm room. Back then, it was an homage to my favorite band, The Beatles. The quote also was a reminder to not get entangled in the responsibilities, planning and academic neurosis that come with being a Northwestern University student — to the detriment of enjoying life itself.
Perhaps I should have this quote hanging next to my Buddha or Shiva statues today.
The past few days I’ve been working to plot out my time around the upcoming teacher training obligations, and it’s been a little stressful. I’m entering an insanely busy time at work, with critical eyes on how I can help take a multi-million dollar business to an even bigger multi-million dollar business. No pressure, of course. I’m still working hard to carve out time for my friends and family — such as spending time with my folks, my close girlfriends and my adorable little niece. And then there is the free yoga teaching (which I LOVE), the anatomy class, the apprenticeship, the personal practice, the midterm (all finished!) …
… and now training and practice classes are about to start up again. And a new apprenticeship. And video reviews.
March looks to be a real beast. Three weekends are completely consumed with teacher training classes, Friday-Sunday. Frankly, I’m a little disappointed that Moksha would pile these classes atop each other like this. I, like most of my fellow teacher trainees, wasn’t prepared for this type of scheduling. There is little opportunity for true balance when all of your weekends are completely consumed. What was Moksha management thinking? Is this part of the program “test”?
But I’ll inhale, and deeply exhale … and know I’ll get through it. I always do. The planning and plotting, as tiresome as it can be, and as annoying as it can be for others, is my way of coping — and making sure that I carve out time for myself and the ones I love.
After all, if I didn’t plan, I would not be off to Sedona in a few days. Nor off to Santorini in June for a yoga retreat with Shiva Rea.
Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhaaaaale.