Being a Sensei for the past 30 years has been the greatest honor of my life! I have been witness to incredible growth by thousands of students who showed up full of fear; fear of failure, fear of success, fear of not being good enough, fear of not doing it “right,” fear of facing their fears… Fear. It is paralyzing to live a life in doubt, always looking around for approval and worried about what others think of you. Horrible. A waste of time. A drain of energy. But, there is a light at the end of that dark tunnel and it’s called MARTIAL ARTS and YOGA. The practice and philosophy of martial arts and other internal arts is all encompassing. I personally was drawn to martial arts as a shy young woman who wanted nothing more than to please those around her. I was afraid of life and did not know how to stand up for myself because I abhorred confrontation of any kind (I still don’t like it.) If anyone got even the slightest upset with me I just wanted to shrink into a hole and disappear.
35 years ago, I enrolled myself and my two boys in karate and never looked back. I knew I had found my career, or perhaps my career had found me. Learning the immeasurable tools of martial arts and yoga allowed me to face my own fears and teach others how to face theirs.
Being a SENSEI is like being a Life-Coach, Health-Coach, and Wellness-Coach all rolled into one. It’s the opportunity to help people overcome fear, just as teaching them helped me to overcome fear. It’s a Win-Win, a gift from God for which I am truly blessed and grateful!
Thank you to All who have been before and will BE HERE NOW to share tips and tools for a happy, healthy life filled with confidence and Wellness! 🙌
We often hear this phrase tossed around, but what does it really mean? For me it means BALANCE; Balance of those 3 important aspects of ourselves that we often lose sight of.
Teaching Martial Arts and Yoga for 30 years kept me in touch with this daily question:
“What will I do today to keep my Mind Strong, Body Strong, and Spirit Strong?”
Think about it. Think about your day. Did you do something that challenged your Mind; perhaps studying, learning something new, reading, a cross-word? How about your Body; did you walk, stretch, give yourself a facial? And your Spirit… now that is a more personal question and option. Everyone has their own definition of what spirit is to them; it could be a specific religion, or a simple meditation, or just getting excited about something in your life that make you feel elated and full of energy. That is for you to discover. Whatever it is, what did you do today to nourish it.
Taking care that all 3 aspects of yourself are looked after daily can make for a more harmonious and empowered state of mind. What say you? Have you asked yourself yet?