To All You Aspiring Yoga Teachers, If You Were Looking For A Sign, This Is It

To All You Aspiring Yoga Teachers, If You Were Looking For A Sign, This Is It

If you're thinking of doing it, just do it!
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I know all you yogis out there are probably dreaming of the days where you could be doing yoga all day, spending your time barefoot in leggings and calling it a job (more like a dream job). But how do you know when you're ready? How do you know when is the time to actually go ahead and do your Yoga Teacher Training? Plus, where are you supposed to do it?

I've finally made the decision to go ahead and do my training. I've been practicing yoga on and off since I was 18, but in the past year, it's been a pretty consistent schedule of me not only practicing but going to classes and developing my own practice and sequence on my own. My yoga teachers have all been super inspiring in making me want to even go into the realm of teaching, but I do feel as though I have the attitude for it.

When I was 18, I loved the "idea" of being a yoga teacher but never thought of it as a realistic goal, since I never thought that I would be a "good enough" yogi.

I didn't think I was capable of getting to that level of peace, zen, or physically being flexible "enough," doing a good enough handstand or anything – a lot of self doubt in my ability. As I got older, I realized more and more that's not what yoga is about at all. It's all about what is within, and it's normal to still get upset, still get angry, still grieve and be hurt.

These feelings don't just go away because you're a yoga teacher, although yoga is a great way to cope with them. Every yoga teacher is still working on something when it comes to their practice. Yoga is about you, about your body, your breath, and your mind.

So once you start to have some sort of confidence in yourself and in your practice, that is when I think it is right to decide on a yoga teacher training. If not to teach, then to develop your practice. It's about YOU.

I would say doing it at the studio that you always go to is a great idea since you already have that sense of community, but if you want to expand it, then go to different studios that you haven't been to before and immerse yourself. Learning other studios is good since networking is going to be key here to get classes. Plus, going to a different studio, you'll learn different techniques and meet other inspiring teachers.

So good luck and I hope that if you were on the verge of doing it but unsure, this is your signal that you can totally go for it!

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A list Of 15 Inspiring Words That Mean So Much

A single word can mean a lot.
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Positivity is so important in life. A lot of times we always go to quotes for empowerment but I have realized that just one word can be just as powerful. Here is a list of inspiring words.

1. Worthy

Realizing your self-worth is important. Self-worth can really make or break a persons personality. Always know that you are worthy of respect. And also, never compare yourself to others.

2. Courage

Be courageous in life. Life has so many opportunities so do not be scared to grasp any opportunity that comes your way. You have the ability to do anything you have your heart and mind set to do, even the things that frighten you.

3. Enough

When you are feeling down and feeling that nothing you do is ever good enough, know that you are more than enough. And yes there is always room for improvement but when it comes to my self-worth I always have to remind myself that I am enough.

4. Blessed

Be thankful. A lot of times we forget how blessed we are. We focus so much on stress and the bad things that are going on in our lives that we tend to forget all of the beautiful things we have in life.

5. Focus

Focus on your goals, focus on positive things, and focus on the ones you love. Do not focus on things that will keep you from not reaching your goals and people that do not have good intentions for your life.

6. Laugh

Laughing is one of the best forms of medicine. Life is truly better with laughter.

7. Warrior

Through the good and the bad you are a warrior. Be strong, soldier.

8. Seek

Seek new things. Allow yourself to grow in life. Do not just be stuck.

9. Faith

During the bad times, no matter the circumstances, have faith that everything will be all right.

10. Live

Start living because life is honestly way too short. Live life the way you want to live. Do not let anyone try to control you.

11. Enjoy

Enjoy everything that life has to offer. Enjoy even the littlest of things because, as I said before, life is short. And plus, there is no time to live life with regrets.

12. Believe

Believe in yourself and never stop. Believing in yourself brings so many blessings and opportunities in your life.

13. Serendipity

A lot of times we look for things to fill an empty void that we have. Usually what we are looking for comes when we are not looking at all. Your serendipity will come.

14. Create

Share your ideas with the world. Creativity brings change to your life. However you chose to use your creativity do not be scared to show your intelligence, talent, and passion.

15. Love

The world is already full of so much hate, so love unconditionally with all your heart.

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Internet outraged at Delhi Aunty for Sl*t Shaming

Public outrage - justified or an overreaction?

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When the topic of sexual violence against women arises, women are often held responsible - because of how they dress, or how they behave, or even if they have a voice. A recent incident in Delhi showed that the mindset of people has not changed. In a video posted by Shivani Gupta, a middle-aged woman is seen defending her claim, "Women wearing short dresses deserve to be raped."

This backward mentality surrounding rape and rape culture is horrifying to see. The middle-aged woman first shamed them for wearing short clothes and when she was confronted, she told them "they deserved to get raped." She made things worse when she told other men in the restaurant to rape such women who wear short clothes.

Shivani and her friends later confronted this woman while taking the video. They wanted a public apology for her statement and followed her around. The older woman stood by her statement. Fair enough. They felt threatened by her statements and wanted an apology for her actions. The older lady, however, was brazen about her ideologies and refused to apologize. In fact, she threatened to call the cops for harassment.

The woman who made the regressive statements. Shivani Gupta

While the anger and outrage by the women who uploaded this video are justified, several questions are being raised on whether the older woman was later harassed for her statements. Public shaming is not the way to solve this issue.

"We cannot dismantle a culture of shaming by participating in it." - Rega Jha.

Now, I believe that nobody must engage in victim shaming. Nobody has the right to police the outfit one wishes to wear. It is astonishing to believe that even in the 21st century, people still believe that an outfit determines the morality and character of a person. That older woman was wrong to sl*t-shame the girls for wearing what they want. That being said, even though what that woman did was horrible, public shaming will not work. It will not change the mindset behind these ideologies. What that older woman did was akin to bullying. Publicly shaming her, stalking her facebook account or posting comments or by coercing her, you are also behaving in the same manner of bullying.

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