My Quest To Become A Yoga Instructor

Why do I want to become a yoga teacher?

Yoga for me has become a very important aspect of my life. I have a hectic life, like many people today, and Yoga helps me stay centered, balanced, and gives me the ability to restart/refresh after each crazy day. I really don’t know what I would do without yoga!

I tend to be uptight and a control freak, I need things to be organized, planned and mostly predictable. That changed after the birth of my son, Andrew. A baby has no idea what any of that means, so I was in for a rude awaking. All the control in my life went right out the window and so did a little of my sanity. I have always used exercise to help work out stress in life, for me it’s been running. When I became pregnant with Andrew I ran till I was about 5 months pregnant, then became so exhausted I had to stop, I would still walk but it was not the same.

After the birth of my beautiful baby boy I had made the decision to breast-feed him, and I did for a year. He refused a bottle so no one else could feed him; we were two peas-in-a-pod for a year, never apart for more than an hour. I quit my job and dedicated my time to my son.

After my year of breastfeeding, my son gained some independence and so did I! We starting running, everyday after work, I would put Andrew in the stroller and off we went, it was wonderful. I slowly started to feel like myself again. Then in August of 2011 I decided to jump into Yoga. I began with an Intro to Yoga class, I just thought it would strengthen me as a runner and give me some time to myself. The class went through the very basics of Yoga and so needless to say I fell in love! I completed the 6-week into class and continued with 6 weeks of a Beginner class. The instructors were telling me to try the Intermediate and Advanced classes, I was a ballet dancer for 13 years so I had a bit of an advantage.

I started going Monday through Thursday. I worked out a schedule with my husband and parents to help watch Andrew while I squeezed in an hour-and-a-half of Yoga. I was so drawn to the challenge of Yoga and the beauty of the poses and the amazing way Yoga made me feel, I was addicted. I starting reading any and all books on Yoga I could get my hands on! It has become a huge part of my life, and has made me a better person, so it felt natural to pursue the next step, teach yoga.

I would love to expand my art, into teaching, what a wonderful thing to share this gift I have gained from Yoga, teaching people how to use Yoga as I do, a way to deal with the crazy life we all have to live. To give back all that I have gained would be a blessing, to say the least, plus getting to make a living doing something I love to do, that would be such a dream come true!!

Who is my favorite yoga teacher and how did they inspire me?

Breezy Osborne is that yoga teacher for me; she is an amazing person who carries that over into her teaching of Yoga. Breezy gives me the knowledge and the challenge I crave but she also gives me the gift of relaxation and feeling good while practicing, she brings love, light and gratitude, to quote her, to each class. Breezy really gives you an understanding of what the practice of yoga is all about, feeling good, and I hope to be half the teacher she is, I am very lucky to have had her as a teacher from the beginning.

Why do I want to take a yoga teacher training with the school I have chosen?

Anamaya, in Costa Rica to me seems top notch, the classes cover it all. It really seems to immerse you in the entire experience of Yoga, from the food you eat to the amazing accommodations. The environment of Costa Rica just adds to the experience. The teachers are also among the best.

How do I plan to make an impact in the world as a yoga teacher?

Not sure I can make an impact on the world, but I do know that wherever I end up teaching and practicing I will give this love I have to each of my students. My hope is for each student I receive to feel the same love and deep enrichment Yoga can bring into his or her life. Giving mom’s, dad’s, students, and hard working people the ability to refresh their days, and helping each of them to use Yoga as a tool in dealing with all the stress that life can sometimes become.

I will carry my knowledge with pride and hold it in my heart to share. I would also like to focus on athletes, giving them this gift to strengthen their skills, as Yoga has done for me. All around Yoga has been a wonderful life-changing thing for my family and me and I just have to share my love of Yoga!

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Shea Pickens

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  1. Shea says:

    My video is just to show how my son and I have fun with Yoga!! Hope you enjoy!!

    • bill thrash says:

      Shea is a very gifted person, good mother, good wife, Christian, good runner, good daughter, has held many responsible jobs and is always improving on what she has accomplished. She is great relating to people and would make a great instructor.

  2. Dave Morris says:

    Love this – great job Shea – you would be a wonderful yoga teacher – good luck!!

  3. Chryseis Hunt says:

    Shea, you would absolutely be an amazing Yoga Teacher; your focus, energy and love for the things you do are palpable and you have an uncanny ability to reach out and draw people “in”. You are open and always seem willing to learn and share your experiences. I am extremely excited for you! :)

  4. Abbey Boeckman says:

    I think you would make a wonderful yoga teacher. You do contribute to the world, you help out at your church and have a sweet baby boy.

  5. Paige Kenny says:

    What a wonderful story, Shea. And so true! That is one of your best qualities to this day—you always say exactly how you feel, and you figure out exactly what to do and how to do it in order to create a happy and serene environment for yourself, no matter what the challenge may hold! All of your students would feel so blessed to be taught and guided by such a genuine soul, and they would feel completely safe in your presence with you as a yoga teacher to help guide them in their life. GO, SHEA!!! You have my vote. Love you, my life-long friend!!!

    • Paige Kenny says:

      What a wonderful story, Shea. And so true! That is one of your best qualities to this day—you always say exactly how you feel, and you figure out exactly what to do and how to do it in order to create a happy and serene environment for yourself, no matter what the challenge may hold! All of your students would feel so blessed to be taught and guided by such a genuine soul!

  6. Paige Kenny says:

    That is one of your best qualities to this day—you always say exactly how you feel, and you figure out exactly what to do and how to do it in order to create a happy and serene environment for yourself, no matter what the challenge may hold! All of your students would feel so blessed to be taught and guided by such a genuine soul!

  7. Paige Kenny says:

    Shea, you always say exactly how you feel, and you figure out exactly what to do and how to do it in order to create a happy and serene environment! Your students would feel so blessed to be taught and guided by such a genuine soul!

  8. Paige Kenny says:

    Shea, you always figure out exactly what to in order to create a happy and serene environment! Your students would feel so blessed to be guided by such a genuine soul!

  9. Paige Kenny says:

    I would have you as my yoga instructor any day….you would be the BEST!!! Make this happen!!! xoxo

  10. Lyn Clinton says:

    What a great story Shea! You would make an excellent yoga teacher! I hope it all works out! Good luck!

  11. Vicki Williams says:

    Great essay, Shea! You will make a wonderful Yoga instructor! I remember watching you in class when you first started Yoga and commenting to Laura that you are a natural at this! I love the fact that you have decided to take this a step further and teach. I would love to have you as an instructor.

  12. Dave Williams II says:

    This definitely fits the life I see you and your family living. I think it’s absolutely wonderful you’ve found something you’re so passionate about to pursue. I know how thankful and grateful I am everyday for being able to live my dream job. Good luck and don’t let this contest get in your way.

  13. Katy Hunt says:

    I loved reading your essay, Shay! What a wonderful journey you have been on with this and I wish you the best of luck! You will be a great teacher!

  14. Christy Williams says:

    Shea, you make me want to take up yoga! I’m quite a control freak too, and I’m struggling as well to deal with the disorder and chaos of having a baby. Very inspirational story. You’ll make an excellent yoga instructor!

  15. Amanda says:

    I’ll go ahead and sign up!

  16. Tiffany Fredericks says:

    Wonderful & inspiring story Shea. I wish you the best of luck & think you will be a beautiful teacher.

  17. Ceciley Bauman Stern says:

    I was so excited when you told me you started taking yoga and it’s amazing how much it’s changing your life. You’re a very passionate person and can do anything you set your mind to. I would know… we’ve been friends for 25 years and counting!! You have inspired me to start practicing yoga again and am sure you will inspire many people in the future. With your talent, passion, understanding, love of yoga and patience you’ll make a fantastic instructor. Good luck… and love to you!

  18. John Hornor Jacobs says:

    I love Yoda! He’s the best part of Star Wars! Hope you become a Yoda instructor – that would be awesome. “Do. Not do. There is no try. Mmm? Mmm?”

  19. Amy Frazier Turpen says:

    You would be a great yoga instructor.

  20. Mary Ellen says:

    I dunno Shea, with you as a yoga instructor and Drew as a massage therapist that house of yours might just be too mellow. Is that any way to bring up a child? 😉

    Good luck with this new journey. I think it’s a good one.

  21. Joan DeJarnette says:

    Shea would be a wonderful yoga instructor, she is very good at every thing she does, she is a wonderful daughter,mother, and wife. She has a great gift with people and a great personality!

  22. Joan DeJarnette says:

    shea would be a geart instructor is has na great pesonality and is very good at yage

  23. Wyndie Campbell says:

    What a great story Shea! You would make an excellent yoga teacher! I hope it all works out! Good luck!

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