Four months prior to starting my Yoga Teachers Training with Karma Teachers I was homeless and hopeless. I had once again became powerless over my addiction. Through the grace of a Power greater than myself I was able to reach out for help and start back on the path of recovery.
I have always dreamed of being a yoga teacher. I have been practicing on and off since 2002. I had at one point even paid for a training, but wasn’t able to stop using and show up for class like I had planned. So, when I was doing some casual research on a Thursday I found that Karma was doing a Teacher Training in March I picked up the phone and managed to reach Emerson Lim Yoga. I told him some of my story, and he let me know that training started the following Monday.
On our first day we met our new classmates and teachers, including Rachael Fallon, and spent the day doing introductions and getting to know each other. I was nervous, but I shared honestly and openly of my experience in life as an addict. No one judged me; even though many people couldn’t relate to my particular experience everyone had their own shadows and battles about which they also shared openly. From that moment, we bonded. I learned and felt my first real lesson of Karma Teachers – the amount of time I know someone doesn’t affect the amount and depth of love and compassion I can have for them.
Through the next four weeks we laughed and cried – sometimes doing both at the same time. Through Rachael’s amazing teachings I was able to get more strong in every aspect of myself – physical, emotional, spiritual, mental. Rachael pushed me to a place she knew I could reach in the most nurturing way possible, always with grace and humour. I’m still in awe of her strength and capacity for love. Four months ago I struggled to walk up stairs, and now I can do headstands, sit in meditation for an hour with ease, and have a strong back. I learned pranayama, kriyas, Yoga Nidra and soooo much more. I am also able to lead a full yoga class, and will forever have her teaching’s etched on my heart.
Emerson‘s teachings were deep and heart felt, but always had space for humour. The yoga philosophy is parallel to many of the things I am doing in my recovery, which was able to help me reach a much deeper understanding. He helped me to take the words I know in my brain to really feel them in my heart. Emerson’s generosity, compassion, intelligence, honesty and bravery have helped save my life, and have changed me forever.
Karma Teachers has Teachers Trainings in both in Vancouver and Toronto, and I very highly encourage anyone and everyone to take part if you can. This revolutionary program is not just about doing the Asana (movements), you also gain tools on how to heal your trauma, how to build a community, and sooooooo much more.
I am forever grateful to Karma Teachers – I am not the same person I was a month ago. I have so much more peace, love, contentment and compassion for myself and everyone else. I am not my story. I am grateful for all of my experiences as they may help someone else one day, as long as I keep sharing when the moment arises.
I will be taking some of my teachings and combining them with my passion for non-profits, and working with at-risk youth and addicts. I am starting to develop a program which takes my yoga teachings and my nutrition background so they can be brought to anyone who is marginalized and in need of help. I also plan to start teaching women in prisons as soon as I can complete that training. I know that if I can do it, anyone can.
This is a long post, I appreciate anyone who took the time to read my experience. If anyone out there reading this is in need of encouragement, in need of help, or wants to know more of my experience, please reach out to me and I would love to tell you more.