Following my dreams as a traveling yoga teacher

My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky.

Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams.
— The Alchemist


Following my passion in life has led me on an incredible journey this past year. A little over ayear ago I said goodbye to my life in Australia, ready to embark on a new chapter. One that I had been eagerly awaiting for some time. 

I did some soul searching and realized that I needed a change in my life, I was becoming stagnant in my teaching career in Australia and felt that I needed to get out of my comfort zone in order to expand my teaching skills and gain new experiences.

I had a crazy schedule, teaching full time, 7 days a week and at one point teaching up to 25 classes. I was slowly burning myself out, reaching the point of exhaustion and felt that I needed to change my current situation to create a better work/life balance.

Yoga is one of my passions in life and traveling has always followed closely behind. I'm sure my family & friends think that I am a modern-day gypsy because any chance that I get I'm on a plane heading someone to explore new cities, meet new people and immerse myself in a different culture. Yoga and traveling go hand in hand, having a job that can take me anywhere in the world is by far one of the greatest perks of being a yoga teacher. 

I started searching online to see what I could find in regards to teaching abroad and it didn't take me long to realize that there is an incredible amount of work out there if you just dig a little deeper and know where to search. 

I updated my resume, sent off as many emails as I could to a range of studios, resorts and retreats in SE Asia and waited to see if I got a response. Within a week I had a few offers come my way and made my decision to start my travels in Bali, not only because it's close to Australia but also because it's the island of the Gods, known for its magical energy.

After many emails back and forth with the program manager, my position was locked in and I now had a start date. I spent the next few months getting my life organized, selling the majority of my belongings and putting the remaining few possessions into storage.

Giving plenty of notice to the many yoga studios, gyms, schools and private clients that I taught. Sorting out my finances, travel insurance and booking my flights. Lastly, the farewell parties and get-togethers with my friends and family before I headed off on my adventure. 

When the day had finally arrived for me to fly out it was a surreal moment, I was saying goodbye to my life in Australia and about to embark on a journey into the unknown. I had to really trust and believe that it was all going to be fine and I knew deep down that this was the right decision for me to be making at this point in my life.

It's never easy to walk away from a comfortable life; giving up having a regular routine, earning a generous income, eating my favorite food, meeting up with friends for a coffee and just basically enjoying the modern comforts of home. All of this was about to become a thing of the past for me, it was scary and exciting at the same time. 

If you have read my previous posts about teaching abroad then you will understand what an incredible experience this has been to help strengthen my teaching career, gaining valuable insight, and new skills. I have loved connecting with so many incredible people from all corners of the world and learning about their culture, their way of life and the journey they have been on to get to this point.

It hasn't all been smooth sailing however as there are always unpredictable things that come up and situations that I have no control over. The biggest thing I have learned is having to adapt to my surroundings very quickly, in regards to my living environment, the food, people that I'm living with, the vast array of students and the weather are all factors that come into play. But I am taking this all in with the patience, grace, and poise that I find within me to overcome these obstacles that I face on this journey.

I have realized that the experiences, interactions, feelings and emotions that come up are a direct reflection of the energy that I am putting out into the world, having that mirrored back to me has allowed me to learn and grow on so many levels.

Travel is a benchmark for growth and expanding your horizons, to get out of your comfort zone and take on challenges that will make you a stronger person both internally and externally. This has been the greatest challenge and accomplishment that I have embarked on and I know that I am walking the path that I am being called to do right now.

My gratitude and thanks go out to all of the incredible people who have touched my life in some form or another and also for allowing me to share my knowledge and passion with you as well. Here's to another incredible, life-changing year on this journey called life.