I'm a great believer in lifelong learning, whether it be a formal, recognised course, continued CPD at work, learning a new skill or simply trying a new activity.
For some, yoga is that 'new activity'. Many non-Yogis believe yoga is 'just' stretching and keeping supple, some fear a cult-like chanting class... the list goes on. And if you are looking for that, you can find all of those things and more in a yoga class - just search on the internet and you'll find arial yoga, hot yoga, Bikram, Iyengar, Vinyasa flow, ashtanga, Hatha, the list goes on. All yoga pivots around finding and using the breath to unite mind, body and spirit. This is universal and essential to all disciplines of yoga. If you are not using and following your own breath (not the instructor's) then it isn't yoga.
It also isn't competitive. Or, I'll rephrase that. It shouldn't be competitive. I have attended classes in which most or all of the 'students' seem to be very advanced (though advertised as 'all levels' and towards the end of the class we've been encouraged to throw ourselves up into a headstand without any instruction whatsoever - the teacher also did not know that I was a yoga teacher. Just for reference, this is an absolute no-no, without proper guidance and preparation a poorly orchestrated headstand can do untold damage to the neck.
You will not find that in one of my classes, (although we may do 'headstand preparation work' - but regardless of how or why you are here, you are very welcome one and all.
I do find that many people new to yoga attend their first class and are genuinely shocked by how difficult it is, physically. Then, they come back because the felt so much better, or they performed better at their other sports, or they just slept better the night after the yoga class. Taking yourself outside of your comfort zone is essential to grow.
I find myself seeking out something new all the time - a new skill, a deeper understanding of an alternative therapy or a sport I've never mastered.
Currently, I've got my eye on a couple of courses: L3 and L4 Sports Massage Therapy, and at some point in the future, Reflexology. I am interested in holistic treatment of the body and I believe starting with Sports Massage would compliment both yoga and Reiki.
Working full time as well as teaching yoga part time has its challenges, and adding a course will add to my workload, but the study of the body and energy is already absolutely fascinating; I am dedicated to exploring alternative therapies and health.
'Life begins at the end of your comfort zone' - Neale Donald Walsch