Quitting medicine to become a Yoga teacher
3 diary entries, documenting my experience of leaving a conventional path in search of myself.
29/03/2021 – Freeing myself from expectations
So I decided, I’m quitting medicine to become a Yoga teacher. I want to pursue my own creative projects and see what I can make of my life, with movement, laughter & love as the driving priorities.
It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make, and for once, I am truly proud of myself. Some find it easy to do what they want… but, for me, it has always been hard to know what I want. It is shocking how different the reactions are when you tell somebody that you will become a doctor, compared to that you are a teacher; “Oooh, you study medicine? Wow“.
I felt imprisoned in a golden cage, and found that I started to like the shelter that it offered.
It didn’t take long though to realise I was hiding behind my desk, from the world and from myself. As the image of becoming a doctor fell apart, old dreams started to bloom; I can become anything! A bar tender, teacher, writer, project manager, dancer…
I needed this hard cut and the feeling that I have disappointed my parents in order to feel free. And in this newly-gained empty space, I see the chance to create and grow.
04/04/2021 – Forgiving your parents
I ended up blocking my parents on WhatsApp. I couldn’t stand the one sentence messages that were flying in: bling, bling. Yes, they are not happy.
The fight carried on beyond the topic at hand to the next level, where we are bringing up the past.
So, I started reading about how to forgive your parents and 2 thoughts helped me a lot:
The first was, thinking about whenever they have acted in a similar way with my brothers. In those situations, it was easier for me to forgive them. Because I not only see their imperfections… I also see their love.
The second thought, was that until I learn to forgive, I put myself in a position of dependency. Where I would always be the child then and the grief would be like a shadow above us, lending a dark tint to both the past and present.
No one would benefit from this path.
26/04/2021 – Finding a new way
I haven’t regretted it yet. I move more and importantly I laugh more.
Being self-employed ain’t easy. Especially in the beginning, online and during covid times. But in general things are really good!
Within 2 weeks I found a tutoring job for Biology & Spanish, which at least gives me a little bit of stable income and we started 3 new courses: two Yoga courses & one Beginner AcroYoga course.
I am glad that Tomas stands by me throughout this entire process. And I was also really grateful for receiving emotional support from some of our students. Thank you.
Acro-love & hugs,
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