I try to learn something new everyday. Sometimes this is a conscious decision and sometimes it just happens. I feel often like that is my job. The more I learn, the better teacher I become. I have been in school in one form or another since I was just under 4 and continue to do so until this day. This includes traditional schooling or courses that I take for personal interest.
More and more the course I take tend to be focused around yoga or birth and I am in awe of how much is out there. When my students ask about my training they often say "wow you know so much". But really I feel like I know so little and that there is so much more to learn.
The first time I felt that way was when I was in University getting my degree. I worked hard, I mean really hard! I had a full time job and was a full time student. I watched my peers who only had school to work on and whose parents were contributing and I don't ever feel like they really appreciated what was happening to them. I would be given an assignment or attend a lecture and even though the subject was complete I still wanted more. I thought there must be more, this can't be all there is to it.
Now as I live my life as a prenatal educator and yoga teacher I again find myself thinking and saying "there must be more". I am trained to teach so many kinds of yoga now but still there are more. I've taken many prenatal teacher trainings but still want to learn more about that too. Not that I want to teach all of the different kinds of yoga or birth styles. I just want to learn more about them. I am fascinated, intrigued and stimulated by all of it. I guess I have found my passions - birth and yoga and am so happy that they go together and fit my life. Two things that I can dip in and out of and delve into and take breaks when I need to. They are always there, always the same but forever changing.
I have signed up for another training and this one will take about 18 months to complete. This one is a distance education course and I have been looking at the course description for about a year now. Who knows what made me finally click "enroll now" and pay my money but now I am in. It's the same thing that happened when I signed up for my last yoga teacher training. My intention was to sign up for a workshop, one week-end, instead I found myself saying "teacher training please". Why did I do it? I'm not sure, I was already a yoga teacher and I was already teaching. I guess I just wanted and still want more. I try to live my life never regretting anything I do and I certainly have never regretted learning more.
Onward and upward to higher learning, give me more, more, more.
Jennifer is an RMT, long time yoga practitioner and teacher. Follow her musings as an RMT, yoga teacher, prenatal educator and mother of three.