What drew you to working at The Space?
I’m actually very new to teaching yoga, but I have been on my own path through yoga for such a long time now. It’s been sporadic, and I think I was first drawn to yoga because it was “exotic”. It wasn’t until I started practicing with a teacher a few years ago, that I started to forge a deeper relationship with myself through yoga, and really understand the power it had to transform my life. Again, I fell away from my practice because of some huge changes in my life, and it wasn’t until this year that I returned to the path and (finally!) made the decision to undertake yoga teacher training. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a few years now, as a way of deepening my own practice. When I approached Cass this year to ask for her support in guiding me on my journey through teacher training, I wasn’t expecting to be asked to teach as a way of diving deep into my journey. I jumped at the opportunity, because I knew if I stopped to think about it too much, I’d be overwhelmed by my own mind! And like most of the big decisions I’ve made like that, I haven’t regretted it! I love being at The Space!
What has been the greatest lesson you have learnt as a teacher?
Again, I’m so new to this, so I know I’m still learning. And I don’t expect to ever stop learning, for as long as I’m on this path. But I think I’m learning that I don’t have to teach anyone anything. The students that come, even those very new to yoga, already know what it is they are there to learn. I’m just there to hold up the mirror so that they can see what they already have inside of them.
What has been the greatest gift you’ve received as a teacher?
Teaching is really helping me to understand how to let go of perfectionism. Perfection has been my curse for as long as I can remember. I’ve struggled with rigid, black and white thinking throughout my life. But teaching has helped me to realise that there is no one right way to be, to look, to think, to feel. There is no perfect. As long as I am approaching my practice and my life with intention, awareness and an acceptance of imperfection, then that’s all that matters.
If you could teach the world one thing, what would it be?
That we’re all the same. There is no difference between any of us, and there is nothing that makes any of us better or worse than another. I know there are people in this world that we abhor, that we believe are evil. And yes, I think there are people in this world that do things that cause great pain and suffering to others. But hating people for the things they’ve done, and wishing acts of harm and suffering to them in return does nothing but cause us even greater suffering. I wish the world could have more compassion for ALL, regardless of the circumstances. Love, compassion and forgiveness aren’t conditional.
Describe yourself in one sentence?
When I’m asked to describe myself, I forget who I am (that’s totally a quote I found on Google, but I think it sums it up pretty well!)
Just for Fun
LAST THING YOU ATE - Beef stroganoff and pasta without the beef
LAST THING YOU DRANK - Black tea
LAST THING YOU LISTENED TO – Random acoustic covers on Spotify
LAST THING YOU READ – The Power of Now - Ekhart Tolle
LAST THING YOU WATCHED – Cars 2
Bek teaches Rise and Shine on Saturday mornings at 7.30am as well as commencing a new Yoga for Beginners on Tuesdays at 6.15pm.