A Letter From A Yoga Teacher to Her First Time Student (2023 Version)Jan 16, 2023
Dear First Timer:
You don’t even realize how amazing you were throughout your first class. You stayed on your mat the entire time. You followed instruction. You made the shapes.
You took first steps towards building postures that right now feel tricky and impossible and only for the super brave and bendy.
You took a seat when you needed one. You even found stillness during Savasana.
I know you are doubting these words right now. I know that you looked at the other students in class and had the thought, “That will never be me. They must have been born with freakish flexibility or godly strength.”
But, I’m here to tell you that they started the same way you did - following along, trying their best, and wondering how they had found themselves in this crazy yoga class.
The only thing they did that others sometimes do not, is come back.
And not just a couple of times, but again and again… and again as they looked for a way to master the class, to master their body, their mind, and their breath. To master their lives.
I wish that for you. That you step on your yoga mat. That you try again.
You might have resistance to this practice. You might find an excuse why it isn’t for you.
It is too hard. The postures are not meant for your body.
The teacher made the ridiculously difficult seem easy in their demonstration of the postures. And, at times they even called out your name to encourage or correct you and you wished with every loud beat of your heart pounding in your ears that they would simply leave you alone.
I hear you. Yoga is not easy. It is a challenge. Taking up a regular yoga practice is one of the bravest things you can do in life.
It means you are willing to become better than you are today.
It means you are ready to take responsibility for your own life’s story and face yourself on the soul level for at least an hour to see where you are locked up both physically and mentally in order to free yourself from past injury and emotional turmoil.
It is more than a workout. It is a work in.
I hope I see you in my class again. For me, there’s nothing better than sharing this yoga and I want to share it with you.
I look forward to the day you find yourself floating in that impossible arm balance. Or, grabbing your feet in Full Camel. And, seeing you come out of the posture with a huge wide, teeth baring smile that hits every corner of your face.
I hope you jump up and down and cheer for yourself with the sheer force of your audacity of believing it would happen for you until it did.
For someday, if you stick with it, you will find your own strength and your own flexibility, on and off your yoga mat. And, you, my friend, will shine.
Your Yoga Teacher
Tori Hicks-Glogowski has been practicing yoga for almost 20 years and has been teaching for well over a decade.
With over 1000 hours of yoga education under her belt, she knows all too well how the practice of yoga can transform your life.
Beginning as a Bikram Yoga Instructor in 2011, Tori also sought out certifications in Level II Traditional Hatha Yoga and CYoga, among many others.
She is a Certified RAD Yoga Mobility Specialist with expertise in self myofascial release techniques and was a USA Yoga Coach, assisting yoga athletes to train for competition.
Tori published her first book in 2018, "Views from the Podium: The Life & Times of a Hot Yogi," which chronicles the first part of her teaching career as a Bikram Yoga Instructor.
Her superpower is to take a student stuck in "Beginner Yoga Land," and assist them to build into something much more empowering and fun, helping them tap into their limitless possibilities on their yoga mat and in their lives.
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