By Erin Anderson
Posted in The Real Deal, on June 06, 2016
by Laura Davies
What is it that you have always loved doing, or been interested in, especially when you were little? When you were completely uninhibited by opinions and judgements of what other people may have thought, or what was “deemed” to be the “right” or “cool” activities, when you naturally gravitated to do the things that gave you joy?
I have recently come to the realization that I love the human body, anatomy and movement. In retrospect, I always have, I just hadn’t realized it.
When I was 9, I was given a skeleton model for Christmas, which I don’t remember much about , except it has always been on my desk at home for the last 25years. Human biology was my favorite subject in high school, although being a doctor was never on the cards. At one point in my 20’s, when I was at a bit of a career crossroads, my Dad suggested that I become a personal trainer because I was very active and did a lot of outdoor activities, however, that didn’t really appeal. I’ve always loved rock climbing and watching people move their bodies gracefully on rock, and am fascinated when watching ballet and dance performances at the movements people make.
Two years ago I was part of a group of 16 who undertook the White Gold Yoga teacher training with Erin and although at the time (Erin can attest), I wasn’t so sure about standing in front of a group of people and talking, I have now been teaching regularly for the past 1.5 years! Through this time, it has become clearer and clearer that I naturally gravitate towards, and am fascinated by, the human body, anatomy, authentic movement and alignment of muscles, tissues and bones. My recent further trainings that I have chosen to undertake have been with Yoga Tune Up ® which focuses on poses, actions and movements designed with the specific purpose of strengthening, lengthening, stabilizing and releasing the muscles and tissues of the body and the student is encouraged to explore range of motion and natural directions of the movement of their bones and muscles with the use of props such as Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls, blocks and straps. My bedside table has a pile of books about anatomy, movement, wellness, presence and muscles, which may seem a little nerdy, and at the end of the day, when I am honest with myself, this is what I enjoy to read about.
Today, I still get nervous before teaching a yoga class Every time, yet I love being able to share my passion.
So, take a moment to look around where you live – what are the recurring themes? Which books are on your bedside table, which ones on the shelf are dog-eared and have been picked up again and again? What have you always loved, what did you do as a child automatically? Take some time to join the dots and see what picture forms?
Oh PS: Live Big Teacher Training starts September 9th at White Gold Yoga - whatever your passion (if you know, or if you don’t), join Erin and build yourself the tools to Live Big into your life!