Something strange happened to me the other day. I was at a dinner party with a large group of people and someone asked me, “Is this food ok for you to eat?” For a moment I was stunned as I looked down at my yummy plate of spaghetti wondering what in the world they were talking about. Were they asking if I had food allergies? Were they wondering if I didn’t like pasta? As my mind formulated several witty and off color comebacks, I realized that that their question was based solely on the fact that I am a yoga teacher.
It was the first time that I realized I was being viewed through a different lens simply because I teach yoga. You know because all yoga teachers are vegan, only wear hand woven clothing made in america of natural fibers, eat only organically grown fruits and veggies and raise their own soy beans. They most certainly do not drink coffee or eat chocolate or hamburgers! They drink tons of green tea and eat granola. They are all a size 4 and can do every pose in the book……right?
Wrong. Yoga Teachers are just like everyone else. We are all unique individuals. We all come in different shapes and sizes. Some of us still eat meat – and lots of it. Others have chosen to forgo sugar and caffeine and leather. Some are small and very bendy and others of us are still working out the kinks. But each and every Yoga Teacher is different and thank god because wouldn’t it be boring if we were all the same?
So just so you know – This yoga teacher drinks coffee every morning, still partakes of sugar, will eat just about anything except for liver and onions, has an occasional alcoholic drink, is definitely NOT a size 4, makes lots of mistakes but tries to laugh through them, loves people, tries to find joy in every day, loves to laugh and play and most importantly LOVES sharing yoga with others!