Why are you excited/happy/committed to sharing your wisdom at the 2020 Victoria Yoga Conference?
Down to my toes, I believe that when a group of people come together to learn and grow, we can make a change that ripples throughout our lives, communities and the world. I also believe it’s incredibly important for those of us in the yoga business to create lives that can support our work. After all, if we’re going to be warriors for change, we need to have sustainable livelihoods that can resist burn out! After travelling, I am very excited to come back to my home territory in the Pacific Northwest, and I’m particularly keen to help yoga teachers and entrepreneurs create sustainable livelihoods that let them share their light!
The theme of the 2020 conference is ‘love is medicine’. What does this mean to you?
The world right now is full of conflict and division. The only way – the ONLY way – to move forward is through connection and love. It’s amazing to me that our culture right now – in the midst of so much divisiveness – is choosing to also acknowledge the power of vulnerability and connection. As yoga teachers, we are in the unique position of being able to publicly carry the torch of love into our work and lives. We must bring love into everything that we touch.
Tell us about the book you would recommend over and over again – author, title and why you would recommend it?
My favorite book is Pema Chodron’s When Things Fall Apart. I am in the midst of a huge life transition right now, and her wisdom resonates with me daily! But the fact is, things are always falling apart! Our efforts to hold everything together are often what get in the way of feeling our own worthiness and expressing love. In this book, she transforms our challenges into potent opportunities for growth. I can’t recommend it enough.
How do you nourish yourself?
I have really been reflecting on self-care recently, as I upended my own life! But even when everything seems to be going well, it’s important to keep watering our own roots. I’ve realized that I need a few things every day to stay well-nourished: embodiment (usually yoga ;)), expression in the form of writing/ singing, and authentic connection with loved ones. The last one is the most important.
What do you do to nurture your creative spirit?
I have found that expression is absolutely essential to vibrancy. One of my core values is to support expression in myself and others. For me, creativity can be singing, an impromptu dance party, stream of conscious journalling, writing a blog, creating a video or doing a ridiculous snap chat with my nieces. Or a really, really terrible (but wonderfully satisfying!) attempt at painting.
Do you have a favourite quote you’d like to share?
“Only to the extent that we expose ourselves over and over to annihilation can that which is indestructible in us be found.” Pema Chodron
Rachel Scott is a teacher trainer, instructional expert, author, and yoga biz insider who loves helping studios and teachers thrive in their businesses. A yoga teacher and mentor for more than fifteen years, she combines her extensive practical experience with academic expertise to help teachers and trainers take their success to the next level. She has written for Yoga International, Huffington Post and been a guest expert at conferences and on podcasts around the world. Career highlights: 4,000+ hours leading yoga teacher trainings; 5,000+ hours teaching classes; 15 years in corporate yoga studio management (Yoga Works, YYoga); 8 years directing the Teachers College for a national yoga company; over 3,500 hours of curriculum design; MSci in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies, E-RYT 500. Author: Wit and Wisdom from the Yoga Mat; Head Over Heels: A Yogi’s Guide To Dating. Find her online classes and trainings at DoYogaWithMe. She also has a devilish sense of humour and is a wicked coffee drinker.
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