In case you haven't noticed, I've been delving into marketing recently. It's not something I've really enjoyed or explored before but this time round it's different. One of the things was thinking about why you do what you do, which led me along a road I hadn't imagined.
I first went to study Pilates as a way to improve my practice and gain more understanding of my own body. Pilates had been a great way to sort my lower back problems, but as they faded I found the self discovery increasingly interesting. I didn't really think about teaching it until it came to practicing teaching for our Pilates exams. I don't know what happened, but I really loved sharing exactly what I loved. The more I taught, the more I wanted to teach and try to make people feel better.
This desire to help others led me to Reiki, to heal myself deeply to then to be able to help and heal others to the best of my ability. I personally think my teaching came on leaps and bounds after this, and instead of just teaching Pilates, I wanted to teach in a way that helped others think for themselves in class a little bit more. My teaching incorporated a lot of learnings from other forms of movement and ways of thought which I loved sharing with willing students.
And then I fell for Yoga too. I had done Yoga- the asanas- but never enjoyed them much. In my daily life I had quite a few of the Yoga practices other than the 'bendy stuff'. But then I delved right into it from a new perspective. I was much more body aware, and a lot less concerned if I couldn't do something in a class. This time I wanted to teach people Yoga to help them in a slightly different way; to help them realise that it's not at all about being bendy, or what you can and can't do. It's about taking an hour or so out of your day to show yourself some love and dedication. For the body, mind and soul.
But these were the superficial layers of why I teach. It was all to try and make people better, but why? I thought some more, and when I was a kid- before society got a hold of me- I wanted to be a teacher or a doctor. The reason I gave to be a doctor was 'to try and make Grandma better.' And then I realised that is exactly why I teach what I do. I've combined both the things I wanted to do as a child, teaching what can help make Grandma (and everyone else) feel better. I won't go into full details here, but I think that is also why I am increasingly studying and teaching the mental side- the mind-body relationship and how it is ALL connected to our movement.
I am fortunate that my Grandma is still alive, but try as I might, the mental side I cannot teach. The physical side is increasingly difficult for her. So on the deepest level that is why I teach YOU! Because I can't make her better I want to make everyone else better. I will point out that I don't teach any of you as if you were my Grandma, so don't worry about that one ;)
Have you ever thought about the deeper reason you do your job? It's a really interesting thing to do and you might find some unexpected revelations.