A little while ago, my teacher Darren Rhodes posed a series of questions to a group of his students.
What do you aim to pass on? To offer? What’s your bigger vision that will serve others? Or, what’s your inward vision that means being away from one and all that will serve others? Big or small; what is it? Do tell. Try it: write something down. Starts with My vision is… see what you end up writing. Why not?
I am sitting on the bullet train from Hangzhou to Shanghai having just wrapped up a series of workshops in China. As the train whizzes through the countryside at 300 kph I have some time to sit, think, and write about my vision.
My Vision Board
In the years BY (Before Yoga) I was clear on my vision. To find a job that would allow me to help others help themselves. I spent years searching and then I found yoga.
My vision today is that, through yoga, I will be able to inspire students to discover what lies in their heart through yoga. My vision is to teach yoga to people who want to make the best of their lives and to find the courage to live their own adventures. I want to pass on the passion for life and for yoga that my teachers have instilled in me.
I had the great fortune to be able to do my first teacher training with Darren Rhodes and Christina Sell in Tucson. I had no idea what I was in for when I travelled there for the first week of training, but I can tell you that it forever changed me.
I am kinder, more thoughtful, happier, healthier, stronger and smarter thanks to their guidance.
In Los Angeles, I had an abundance of teachers to study with, and Noah Mazé, Tony Giuliano, Scott Lewicki, Keric Morinaga, Hagar Harpak, and Tara Judelle become my weekly teachers. I have made it my mission, my vision, to take their teachings with me and share them through my own filter as I travel and teach my workshops around the world.
Who Are You?
I was on a long search for myself when I discovered yoga. Through practicing pranayama, meditation, and asana, I was able to move beyond the external, beyond all of the ideas I had placed on myself about who I was, and who I should be. I discovered that when I didn’t focus on who I thought I should be, but instead focused on what was true about me on the inside, when I focused on what made me happier, I was much happier. And when I am happier, and more aware of who I am, I am a much better husband and friend.
Working in the music industry for more than ten years had taken its toll on me and I was becoming one of the cynical, asshole music industry idiots you see personified in movies. I was not a nice guy. Except that, of course, yoga taught me really am a nice guy, it’s just that all that ‘nice’ was hidden under layers of dust.
Yoga has the power to help you find the truth about who you are and to inspire you to work every day to be your best self and live your best life.
What About You?
What is your vision? What is it that inspires you, motivates you to get up, to strive to be your best? Sit down and think about what your vision is, what your want, what you do everything in pursuit of. Write it down or don’t. Share it or don’t.
Just sit, for three minutes, and think. Why not?
What next: Try these 5 Fabulous Tools to Help Create a Vision for Your Life →
Happy adventures, Stephen & Jane
Hi, I’m Stephen. I travel the world leading Adventure Yoga workshops and trainings. Plus I run My Five Acres with Jane. I’ve taught yoga in 25 countries and we’ve had adventures in more than 50! My goal is to empower you to decide who you want to be and what you want from life — and to help you cultivate the courage you need to to go get it.