YTT: A path to self discovery
If you have come across the likes of Elizabeth Gilbert or our very own Steve Ross, then you would know they have one thing in common: they both followed a path to self discovery and found happiness. It takes courage to acknowledge that our current ways may no longer be serving us. And that’s okay. It’s part of being human! But what if you had to ditch your old habits to uncover yourself a little more? Soul search until you found the answers you were looking for?
Take for example Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. How encouraging it is to know that a woman who had ‘everything’ was able to drop it all for nothing – and yet find so much self-love, a second chance at love, and discovered that her universal calling was to be a writer. Then there is Steve Ross who has always taken the unbeaten path; he turned away from his successful music career, travelled to India to study traditional scripts of Yoga, became a Vedic Monk, and then founded and created hip hop yoga in his hometown of LA.
Both Elizabeth and Steve inspired me so much that I decided to put everything on hold and pursue my own soul-searching journey. Before I signed up for Yoga 213’s 200hr YTT, I was at a crossroads. I was considering giving up on my fashion career as I had heard a lot of no’s searching for opportunities. And like everyone else, I had my own fair share of life problems: family, friends, my own ego.
But as soon as I began the training, I knew that I was in the right place, at the right time. Through our yoga teaching sessions, I discovered that I loved creating sequences. It reminded me of how much of a creative I am. Journaling everyday made me realise that I love to learn and gain wisdom from writing. And chanting Sanskrit hymns with Steve reminded me that I love to sing. This is only a snippet of the few things that made me re-discover who I am – but also the things that made me truly happy once again.
By the end of the journey, I realised I have been happy all along – my ego was just stuck amongst the dark fogs. I started to truly love myself and didn’t feel the need to compare myself to anyone. The training, funnily enough, made me realise that my career and calling is meant to be in fashion – but in academics. I’m now in the midst of pursuing a post-graduate research degree in fashion and wellness! Life problems were resolved with a shift in perspective. And the strangers that I met on the first day quickly became like family.
So beyond learning the deep roots of yoga and training to become a teacher (which is a bonus if you want to teach professionally), I learnt so much more about myself, who I am as a person, and the exciting potentials I have in the future. It made me realise if I opened my heart up a little more, the people that come across my path could help me grow and become the person i’m supposed to be. Let’s just say i’m now the happiest I have ever been.