Finding my voice

file5181268512066Ironically this is a subject that I have been meaning to write about for a while.  I can remember a couple of years ago, when I was starting my yoga teacher training course, being asked by another yoga teacher ‘Have you found your teaching voice yet?’  I was a bit puzzled at the time but I think what she meant was expressing that voice within.  Teaching or speaking from a place of your experience and finding your authentic voice.

I used to suffer regularly, and even now sometimes, from throat infections and I now see the link between these and not speaking out – swallowing my words in order to keep the peace.  I now see the sore throats as a way of my body trying to clear these blocked emotions.  Even this weekend I noticed myself doing it – not saying how I really felt so I didn’t rock the boat and to have a peaceful evening.  It is not about getting angry and shouting but finding that authentic voice and expressing it with kindness and love.

There is no point in writing a blog unless you can be honest and the thought of being a yoga teacher a few years ago scared the life out of me, more than anything else- even spiders.  So why did I do it?  Good question.  It was an inner knowing that I wanted to share my experiences of yoga and let people know how amazing it is.  I didn’t want to sit on the sidelines of life anymore and watch other people doing what I knew I could do.  I wanted to express the voice within.  But I had to overcome this fear first of speaking in front of a room full of people looking at me.  I had to make myself visible.  I had to speak up and make myself heard.  The voice was quiet at first but little by little it is getting stronger and more confident.  I had to view teaching yoga as sharing my practice rather than from a place of authority and this is the only way to keep that voice authentic.

So this blog is a new way for me to start finding my voice and maybe even as scary as standing in front of a room full of people.  I am currently practicing a new way of finding my voice but that is for another time….

  • 5 thoughts on “Finding my voice

    1. Hallo Claire – when you stand up to talk, remember that you are the expert, and they all are there because you are. There’s only one secret of talking to a group – you just need to know what you’re talking about. Look various different people in the eye, stand tall and speak up. Tell them what you are going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you told them. If someone asks you something you can’t answer, say so, and say you will get an answer for them after the event. Then be sure to get it! Hope this helps a little.

    2. Very interesting Claire. I’m glad you have become in touch with these things. It must make for a more profound experience when you teach. Presence is very important when teaching any subject Especially in the case of something that draws so deeply on your inner core, soul and spirit. I have been lucky in having many years experience at teaching different musical instruments and singing that my “voice” was the essential tool for drawing out personal expression from my students. Here I am once again searching deep inside for my newly found artistic individualism or “voice” as I put brush to canvas to paint and a signature sound when I compose music. Exploring one’s inner self and getting in touch with the “voice” inside is always going to be a learning curve and a valuable pursuit. Keep on down this path… you have beautiful and fulfilling things to offer people and the universe. Namaste, Teena xxx

    3. Well done on your first blog Claire! Very interesting. Hope it goes well, you continue to find your voice and grow in confidence. You’ve taken the biggest step. Good luck, Beth x

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