The Missing Link In Your Yoga Career

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I was always a kid who did a lot of thinking. My weird friends and I used to spend hours in my family room, talking philosophy, religion, and quantum theory late into the night. But my journey of self-awareness and personal development as an adult really began when I found yoga.

My teacher training and regular yoga practice broadened my horizons in a whole new way. Before that, moving my body was either exercise, which I did “so I didn’t get fat,” or dance, which I did partly for enjoyment, but partly because I was a musical theater performer who would be more viable as a good dancer.

Yoga showed me that movement could be done for its own sake, without any kind of performative quality, and because it felt good, rather than helped me look good.

Beyond the physical, I experienced huge swells of emotion in my yoga practice. I had so much permission and freedom to be who I was, to feel what I felt, and to slow down and notice myself, as well as the world around me.

Even so, I had a lot of hangups about my body, and food was my frenemy at best. I loved eating delicious things, but I had trouble regulating how much I ate, and I often felt guilty eating anything that wasn’t a vegetable.

I’d been practicing yoga about four years and teaching for two when a friend invited me to attend a health workshop with her. The speaker was Beth Clayton, and she was talking about the negative impacts of sugar. Or so I thought.

From the moment she started to speak, Beth illustrated how health has less to do with food and everything to do with your relationship to your body and yourself. During that workshop, we were asked to reflect on the question “What if food wasn’t the thing?” In other words, what would you be capable of if you weren’t held back by this insecurity or struggle with what you put in your mouth every day?

I distinctly remember tears in my eyes as I turned to the cheerful woman sitting next to me. There was such kindness in her face as she listened to me unload beliefs and ideas I hadn’t even known existed, they were so deeply ingrained in my worldview.

At the end of the workshop, Beth made her pitch: she was starting a group health coaching program and was there to sign people up. I remember being SO resistant to the idea. I remember thinking that the luxury of health coaching was not something I could afford. And I especially remember thinking “I already know this information. Why do I need to pay someone to tell me what I already know?”

That’s when something inside my head clicked. Yes, I knew a decent amount about health and nutrition (although it wasn’t true that I already knew everything Beth would share in her program). More importantly though, it didn’t matter that I theoretically had the knowledge to effect change myself. What did matter was that the changes I wanted to see weren’t happening. What a humbling experience to realize that maybe I did need accountability, support, and even a bit of hand-holding.

I signed up for the program before I left the building.

And looking back now, I see how that decision changed my life. My relationship with food, nutrition, and my body is radically different than it was before. It’s not that I don’t have rough days, but I am working from a fundamentally different place, a place I couldn’t have gotten to on my own. Or maybe I could have, but I didn’t. I needed to reach out and accept the right kind of help when it came knocking at my door.

Since that first program, I’ve worked with several coaches on all kinds of self-exploration, from health to spirituality to business. I left several part-time jobs that weren’t what I wanted to be doing. I have spent the last two years running my own business and increasing my income each year. I met the man who would become my husband. And I created a vision for Edge of the Mat that is brilliant and vivid and crystal-clear.

I couldn’t swear that these events were a direct outcome of the coaching I received, but I have a strong feeling they’re more than coincidence.

Each time I’ve invested in coaching, I’ve gritted my teeth and held my breath for a moment. I wonder how I’m going to pay for it all, and whether I can afford it. What I’ve found is that when I make the right investment, it’s paid me back and more. My business has grown, so I’ve seen returns in a tangible sense. But I’m also happier and healthier, and you can’t put a price tag on happiness and health.

It’s an interesting thing. When you stop asking “Can I afford this?” and start asking “How can I afford this?” a whole different set of possibilities opens up.

All of this is to say that I am a huge believer in coaching, if it’s the right opportunity. I have never regretted a dime I invested in myself and my future.

Providing that opportunity to others is what inspired me to create a group coaching program of my own. It’s called the Edge of the Mat Accelerator, and it’s designed specifically for yoga teachers to help them build sustainable, rewarding careers.

The program is for newer teachers who are still finding their place in the teaching world, but also for seasoned teachers who want to uplevel what they are doing business-wise, or are feeling burned out with the current pace of their careers.

More details for the program are below. Some of you will check it out and say “Nah, not for me.” But a few of you will have the same reaction I did that day in that first health workshop: resistant and freaked out about paying for it, but also really clear that this is the next best step to move you forward in your career.

If that’s you, send me an email at kristen@edgeofthemat.com. I’m happy to answer any and all questions you may have, and we can talk through payment options and logistics as well.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT: Reserve your spot in the Accelerator now and save an additional $200. This offer expires on 12/15/17 (or until the program fills up...whichever is first). Reserve your spot by emailing kristen@edgeofthemat.com.

xo,

Kristen

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