“Yoga is the journey of the self, through the self, to the self.”

Its only been a couple years since I began teaching yoga but it feels like a lifetime away that I completed my initial training. I distinctively remember in my training the fear, doubt, lack of confidence and many other challenges which came up for me to work through but also a deeper pull to do this even though I didn’t know why.

I saw how much attention to detail and focus it takes to guide students through a well structured class leaving them with a pleasant experience and noticed right away the difference between teaching people who are new to the practice with little to no experience versus the well seasoned practitioner.

The best teachers will tell where to look but not what to find.

I think I had a sense in my field that I wanted to teach the experienced yogi however lately I have been given the opposite. New opportunities are consistently given to me now and most of which involve students brand new to the practice. In the past month I have had twenty first-time practitioners show up in my classes and I couldn’t be happier about it. 

Your throat gives your heart a voice.

There is so much more to yoga than the elaborate postures everyone sees on the internet and other media outlets and I feel so grateful to have the opportunity to breakdown the different elements of the practice. Giving context to the practice and how its used as a set of tools rather than jumping right into the postures with no understanding of why we are here participating.

The consciousness you hold creates the life you experience.

Still every day is a new day to work through the beliefs we may have about ourselves keeping us confined in a state of comfort, preventing us from being vulnerable and experiencing humility.

Just like exercise strengthens muscles we can broaden our threshold of comfort and invite the new challenges, strengthening our sense of confidence while still maintaining a balance of humility and gratitude. Its a constant adaptation to the direction we are being pulled and the gifts we are willing to share, a perfect blend of surrender, consistency and authenticity.

I wouldn’t want it any other way.


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Published by Alec Hurley

Alec Hurley is a Yoga Health Coach, yoga teacher in the San Diego area and a life long surfer. He is the founder of Higher Self Wellness and an avid practitioner of ancient wisdom and spiritual practices which he infuses into his public yoga classes and group program “The Art of Connection”. He is professionally trained as a Chef and incorporates the ancient wisdom of “food as medicine” into his culinary creations. Alec infuses the practices of personal and planetary alignment into his modern healthy lifestyle toolkit to help shift the collective into deeper states of connection.

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