I'm about a month into my yoga teaching course and already there has been so much learning going on both on and off the matt. And maybe I'll talk about that at a later date (have specific questions, I'd love to answer them! Leave them in the comments!).
One of the best things about starting this course is that I now have something to say when people ask me what I'm up to besides "Oh, you know, still unemployed" and they say something like "It must be so amazing to have so much free time, you're so lucky." And yes, I am lucky. But I'm also constantly worried about the stress financially I'm putting on my little family, my inabilities to land a job, what I'm doing with my life, and trying to stay out of and away from rejection based depression (Unemployment is not what people with jobs thinks it is).
So, having something to say like "I just started a yoga teaching course!" means that I have something else to talk about, something that isn't as insanely awkward for me and, I presume, the person I'm talking to.
What I didn't expect was this reaction when I say "I'm becoming a yoga teacher."
"Oh! That's great! So can you do an unassisted handstand?" - No, I can't. And I might not ever be able to, and that's cool.
"Awesome! Do headstand right now." - No, thank you.
"Good for you! Show me, right now, how you can turn yourself into a pretzel...go." - I'm not freaking show.
I find these responses really quite odd and demonstrative of how little we, the public, understand what yoga really is. Did you know you can DO yoga without ever rolling out your matt? Without ever creating shapes with your body? Did you know if you do roll out your matt that the shape you create will never look like another persons? Inspector Climate is not as flexible as I am...and I'm not as flexible as heaps of other people. Yet the shapes he creates have the exact benefit as the shapes I create and the shapes that those more flexible create, too.
That being said, people say equally ridiculous things when I say my sector is "climate change advocacy" - "So, you think climate change is real, eh?"