I recently sent out a survey on my weekly newsletter: The Xanadu Diary.
The results I got back were AWESOME! One in particular made my heart smile and that was:
How do we find confidence?
First of all to whom ever asked this, THANK YOU!
When I first started traveling the world and teaching yoga, MANY responses to me doing this were:
“Wow! You are SO brave! I could NEVER do that.”
Well actually, you CAN. You don’t have to be brave to travel the world and teach yoga. You just have to BE YOU. And you have to TRUST you.
I’ll admit, I wasn’t always confident starting out as traveling yoga teacher. But being a traveling yoga teacher is ALMOST the same as being a traveling student.
Because what happens when we fall out of a yoga pose?
Nothing silly! We just get back into it and keep breathing!
So that’s what I do as a traveling yoga teacher. I let myself fall. Sometimes I laugh. Sometimes I cry. But I choose to get back into my career and keep breathing every time.
My secret though?
TRUSTING who you are.
TRUSTING your gift that is teaching yoga and holding space.
TRUSTING your gut more than anyone or anything in your life, because your intuition is ALWAYS right.
Trust who YOU are:
If you fully believe that you are meant to be a traveling yoga teacher then TRUST that and do your research. Where in the world is in of healing? Look up resorts, travel destinations, communities in need, and places that don’t have yoga yet.
At age 19, I went to Greece by myself to study Greek Drama. My cast needed a yoga warm-up and since I knew yoga, I taught them a class everyday. I ended up leaving Greece as a yoga teacher and getting my certification shortly after. If I didn’t follow my heart to go to Greece, then I wouldn’t be the successful traveling yoga teacher I am today. You can find more about HOW I became a traveling yoga teacher HERE.
Trust your gift that is teaching yoga and holding space:
Finding confidence can be scary, but I don’t think it has to be. What if we practice confidence like the way we practice yoga?
Teach different styles of yoga. Teach big and small sized classes. Teach different class levels. Teach your mentors. Teach strangers. Teach what scares you.
I can for certain say that I had more confidence climbing an 8km waterfall in Costa Rica this year than I did teaching my first yoga sculpt class. But then I kept showing up, because my students kept showing up. So I had no choice, but to TRUST myself and teaching capabilities. My confidence then followed. Plus if we get nervous about teaching, it means we care and it means we’re human.
If you CHOOSE to continuously practice what needs work, then your confidence will grow alongside your work!
Trust your gut:
If there is one thing that will make you a confident traveler, it’s following your gut over anyone or anything. You will occasionally have your crazy travel or yoga situation happen (because they always do).
Someone may try to scam you at a train station in Rome forcing you to hold your ground and loudly say explicit things in Italian when crazies try to rob you. Or you could go into business with a “friend” and they try to screw you over. It happens, but trusting your intuition from the beginning can prevent situations from happening. The MOMENT you feel something is off, it means it is and it’s time to go. The MOMENT you feel the universe perfectly at a balance with all that is, it means you’re going in the right direction. Trust your gut, because it will never lead you astray.
You can find confidence as a traveling yoga teacher through TRUST. Trust yourSELF. Trust the gifts that you were given. Trust your intuition. And trust the world. It’s on your side.
Plus when you look at this from a student’s perspective, they put MOST of their trust in us (the teachers). That’s a beautiful thing and the reason they do that is because of the CONFIDENCE + TRUST we have in ourselves. So believe in your magic and the confidence will show up with you!
To learn more about being a traveling yoga teacher, check out my post:
Brytta is a world traveling yoga instructor from NYC. She is a lover of glitter, SUP Yoga and climbing waterfalls. When she's not adventuring around the world and teaching yoga, she's writing about her adventures and coming up with new ways to take her yoga off the mat and into the world! When she's not doing any of that, she's outside studying constellations and making wishes on shooting stars. A big fan of discovering new books to read, her current favorite reads are:You are a Badass, Polishing the Mirror and Yoga Girl. ♥