GET INSPIRED: Decide, Accept, Believe
Becoming a YogaFit teacher has helped Holly Thompson let go of her insecurities and has set her on the path of self-discovery.
The divine light in me honors and salutes the divine light within you. The first time Holly Thompson heard her teacher’s translation of Namaste at the end of class, she was blown away. “It was the ultimate, and certainly the most loving, compliment to another and to one’s self I had ever heard,” she says, “and my heart swelled with gratitude and love.”
Just a few weeks after Holly took her first class, she knew that yoga would be part of her life forever. “For me, yoga was both together time and alone time,” she says. “It was a challenging physical workout and a quiet time of introspection, both of which gave me strength.” She loved that the practice was intensely personal but also helped her to feel part of a loving, like-minded community.
It didn’t take long before she would put her practice to the test. “Just after my husband and I were engaged, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with ALS and her health began deteriorating rapidly,” Holly says. “My husband visited her almost every day. It was painful to see her endure this, and even more painful for me to see him grieve.” Holly and her husband took yoga together most evenings during that time. “I am so thankful for the time we shared on the mat. I know it helped us breathe through some very difficult days.”
Once she found yoga, this former middle-school teacher felt compelled to learn everything she could about it so that she could share the practice with others. But she kept thinking, Who am I to be a yoga teacher? I can’t do Crow Pose. My Chaturanga is so weak. Then, one day during meditation, her favorite quote by Marianne Williamson bubbled up to the surface:
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
From then on, Holly says, “I decided, accepted and believed: I am a yogi. This is my mantra. This is who I am, who I have been and who I will be. Crow or no crow. Chaturanga, weak or strong.”
Soon after her meditation revelation, Holly asked Miranda Davis, her friend and owner of Perfect Fit Yoga Studio, in Ft. Worth what she should do. Miranda told her about YogaFit and how its program allows you to go at your own pace. “As I read through the class programs and descriptions online,” Holly says, “I knew YogaFit was perfect for me.”
Holly’s YogaFit journey started at the Dallas MBF in July 2015, where she received support and learned so much from the YogaFit Master Trainers and the YogaFit community. “I now feel confident in my ability to lead a variety of classes and to cater to the individual needs of my students.” She expects to complete her 200-hour RYT in the summer of 2017 and will go on to get her 500-hour certification with YogaFit. But no rush, no destination. For Holly, it’s all about the journey. “In between trainings, I hope to share the gift of yoga with as many sweet souls as possible,” she says. “And, in case you’re wondering? I do crow now like a boss!”