My Life is My Message

yoga teacherTeachers have continuously inspired my life. My parents were my first great teachers. Although she lost her battle with breast cancer in 1990, my mother’s influence continues to be felt in the hearts many. In her last journal entry she expressed the importance of practicing compassion and leading with love. This has remained an important lesson throughout my entire life. Another important lesson growing up came from my father. He has always had a passion for living life to its fullest and learning as much as possible. I have been blessed with the presence of many great teachers along the way who have continued to instill within me the insatiable passion for life and learning and have shown me the importance of practicing compassion to others and with myself.

Annie Richardson has become one of my greatest teachers on my yoga journey thus far; she taught the first yoga class that I attended. I continue to attend her class and recommend it to anyone and everyone who will listen—and even some who won’t. Annie radiates compassion and humor. She reminds us often of the importance of loving-kindness both with others and ourselves–“on and off the mat”. She encourages us to practice spontaneous downward facing dog poses at the grocery store, or anywhere in public for that matter. Her classes are also laced with comprehensive knowledge of the history, philosophy and practice of yoga. Her compassionate disposition paired with the extensive knowledge that she shares with her students makes her an outstanding teacher. She is the inspiration for the kind of yoga teacher I hope to become.

I want to teach yoga because it is authentic to who I am. “Authenticity is the alignment of head, mouth, heart, and feet – thinking, saying, feeling, and doing the same thing – consistently” (Lance Secretan). Yoga has taught me alignment not only physically but also mentally and spiritually. I feel at “home” when I practice yoga. I love the idea of perpetually deepening my practice as a student of yoga while simultaneously growing as a teacher. I want to teach yoga because the benefits of yoga are limitless. I want to teach the benefits of the alignment of mind, body and spirit as well as inspire my students to deepen their own personal practices. After gaining necessary yoga training, I would love to open a non-profit yoga studio in order to make yoga more accessible financially to those who cannot afford regular studio fees.

I would like to deepen my personal practice by beginning my 200-hour teacher training under Rachel Hull and the Shakti Spirit Yoga program offered in September of 2012. Originally I was looking to travel and study yoga somewhere in Southeast Asia—I chose this particular school in Indonesia because I was inspired by Rachel Hull, one of the main teachers at SSY. Rachel and I seem to share a passion for learning and holistic health. She has studied Ayurveda, Massage Therapy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and other alternative therapies. That alone has inspired me to want to learn more from her. She has extensive experience in training yoga teachers and I believe that she could become one of my great teachers.

Mahatma Gandhi said, “My life is my message”. How you decide to live and what you decide to teach is your own personal message to the world. The great thing about teaching is the opportunity to pass along the wisdom of the teachers before you. One of the most important things you can do in life is to continue sharing the knowledge that has been shared with you.

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Mary Gavin

If you liked this article and want them to win a free yoga teacher training, then make sure to vote for her by leaving a comment (scroll all the way to the bottom), and sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter. Each comment, Facebook, and Twitter share counts as one vote and you can do all three!

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  1. Rachel Hull says:

    Best of luck Mary!

  2. Cedar says:

    Best of luck!

  3. Maurice Mathis says:

    Good luck, Mary. Would love to have you at our training.

  4. Claire Clover says:

    Good luck Mary! May you spread the gift of yoga…

  5. Meghan says:

    Wonderful Mary… wonderful

  6. Tara Johnson says:

    Good Luck Mary!!

  7. Arianne says:

    Good luck Mary!

  8. Leah says:

    Love you!! Good luck girly.

  9. Mani says:

    You’re the best Mary!

  10. Keira Johnson says:

    Good Luck!

  11. Deanna says:

    Great job!

  12. Maggie Goldberg says:

    Beautiful essay mary! Good luck!!you deserve this!

  13. Dan says:

    Good luck ya hippie!! 😉

  14. Larissa Gavin says:

    I would love for this to happen for you! Good Luck Girl!! Love you:)

  15. Larissa says:

    Amazing. Good Luck Girl! Love you!:)

  16. Mitch Gavin says:

    Awesome essay

  17. David says:

    Hope you get it Mary!!

  18. Brian says:

    This girl helped teach me my first Yoga in Cusco Peru and I was instantly hooked. Thanks for introducing me to the best thing ever!

  19. Marcus says:

    Good luck!!

  20. meghan stanek says:

    Love it!! :)

  21. caroline marceau says:

    Mary has an amazing determination for teaching holistic therapy and would make a great candidate for anything that has to do with living a whole, healthy, and peaceful life. Her drive to find the best in life through all that she encounters and has in the past is inspirational and will show incredibly throughout her profession as a yoga teacher, or anything else that she does in life.

  22. Diane & Keith says:

    Good luck Mary, you too, will become that great teacher……we believe in you!

  23. Justin says:

    Great Job!

  24. brian korey says:

    this little twinkie deserves it!

  25. Erika Conover says:

    Awesome Lovely Lady!!!!

  26. Jessica Holland says:

    Wonderful essay. You certainly deserve the scholarship.

  27. Tasha Queen says:

    Mary, I completely support you on your yoga journey. You will be an amazing teacher.

  28. John says:

    Good Read. Good Luck little sister!!

  29. Luke K says:

    Great article! You got my support!, good luck!

  30. kacy carpenter dominguez says:

    Beautiful Story, best of luck in continuing to inspire!!!

  31. says:

    Mary was a wonderful story. Best of luck to you, you’ll be awesome. Cathy Stanek

  32. Alisha says:

    Good Luck Mary!

  33. Mary Gavin says:

    Thank you all so much for your support thus far, it really means a lot to me!!! Going to keep fighting for those votes!! :)

  34. Allie says:

    You’re an incredible writer and I have no doubt that you’d be an incredible yoga teacher. Good luck, Mary… I hope to be in your class someday.

  35. Marco Forliti says:

    Hope you make it Mary! Good luck!

  36. Angela Cassinari says:

    Best of luck Mary!! :-)

  37. Rozinka Purevska says:

    Good luck,Mary!

  38. Hristina Hristova says:

    Good Luck Mary, I know you are the best:))))

  39. Brandi McConnell says:

    I love your story Mary!! Good luck!!

  40. Gabi says:

    Very nice:-) And Annie is great inspiration.

  41. Christian Eaton says:

    Thank you so much for your support Mary! I loved reading your story – good luck on your yoga journey. Keep on it! Im sorry for your loss – it was years ago, but I’m sure that it seems like just yesterday. Thanks again for your support…it means a lot and I need tons of it! Please share my story if you believe in me – I would feel honored! Namasté ~ :-)

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