When Someone Says They Love My Voice
So this post may sound like it’s more about my ego than about teaching, but that’s not how it’s meant to come off, really I am so grateful when someone says this to me. I’m not known for having a great singing voice (though I’m quite the car performer haha). When I was a kid sometimes I would get teased about my singing voice, or even friends would playfully tell me not to quit my day job. It wasn’t overly cruel, but it did eventually make me shy about my voice and absolutely terrified to talk in front of a group. I was probably one of the worst public speakers in any of my classes growing up, I would imagine how everyone was judging me, from what I was wearing to how my voice sounded. So when I took my teacher training, I didn’t even stop to think about how nerve wracking it would be to talk in front of a group until I had to introduce myself to the group I would be training with and I felt that same nervousness from back in my school days. Overtime, during our training, I got better. That group was so supportive, you didn’t ever feel judged. Then it came to my very first public class and I had 67 people in the class, I had this whole plan and theme weaved around Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way”. It had just come out and I felt it was perfect for a yoga class because you shouldn’t feel the need to be doing exactly the pose that the person next to you, you should be feeling what your own body is feeling and work with that. However, when I saw just how many people were in that class, I freaked out just a little bit and just stuck to pure yoga, no themeing or anything. I made it through and felt like if I could make it through that I could make it through any class. So I got more and more comfortable and that was reflected in my voice. I like to teach with a calming voice even if what we’re doing isn’t that calming. Anyways, I slowly began to get the comment that I had a lovely voice or that my voice was soothing, or very relaxing. These comments meant way more to me than the people who made them ever probably thought they would. It was very therapeutic actually, it kind of undid some of that childhood teasing that stuck with me. So the more control I have over my voice to keep it calming and relaxing is like a two way street. I help to relax or soothe people and when they comment about it, it relaxes and soothes me and inspires me to work on it even more. Without taking the leap to begin teaching, I probably would never be as confident with who I am as I currently am. I would always be a little nervous of someone’s judgements (even if they didn’t really have any judgements). Just knowing that any small comment you make can brighten someone’s whole outlook is a powerful thing to know. I am so lucky to be able to teach yoga and experience all of my students’ yoga practices unfolding. Being able to receive the compliments and generousity of my students is just one of the MANY reasons that I LOVE teaching yoga!