I used to have a career in both the military and finance. I did well, I worked hard, and was financially stable. Then one day after a string of events, I became depressed. I was stubborn and didn't take to my depression lightly. I stayed busy, tried new things, didn't stay isolated, try to have a positive attitude, but every day on my lunch break I'd need to speed to my car and cry to let out my frustration. I didn't know what was wrong but everything seemed wrong.
Through a Groupon and an excessive amount of time on my hands, I really got into the practice of yoga. While I practiced yoga before, it was for the physical benefits. Finally after a consistent practice within 6 weeks I finally began to see the light out of my depression. I still didn't know what to do about my life but I knew I needed to learn more about the benefits of yoga.
I had the fortunate oppoutunity to travel to Spain for a month and dive into my practice. I consitently make the joke that after my yoga teacher training, I became slower and fatter with my yoga practice. Gone were the days of trying to plow through a yoga class but I learned more about mindfulness, meditation, and simply being present even if it was painful. While I experienced the benefits prior to teacher training, I learned the tools to teach it to others.
Yoga teacher training has many benefits to different people. Benefits include:
While we may start with an idea in mind for why to go to yoga teacher training, its important to understand that even with yoga teacher training we don't become attached to the idea. For some, the pressures that are associated with being a teacher become too much. For others, it may become a new career change even if that isn't wasn't the original goal in mind. Either way, there are very few people who regret yoga teacher training. The journey of yoga teacher training is personal with the journey sometimes more important than the goal.
After serving in the United States Army and having a successful career in finance, Melissa began to feel how the pressures work and other attachments were negatively affecting her life. After beginning to feel more detached from her own life, she found yoga was a way to stay present and avoid letting negative thoughts get out of control. She began teaching yoga in 2012.
Melissa also owns Ignite Your Bliss, a yoga and creative outlet retreat company that takes participants all over the world. She can be followed on Instagram @IgniteYourBliss