By Brittni Barcase
My life has been full of ups and downs. I’ve seen divorce as a young child and as an adult. I’ve struggled with debilitating depression and a crippling eating disorder. I’ve experienced an abusive relationship. I’ve seen cancer take a close friend and I’ve seen cancer catapult a close friend into being one of the strongest women I know. I’ve seen death. I’ve seen addiction. I’ve held a four-hour-old newborn in my arms. I’ve experienced the greatest love in my marriage and I’ve birthed two breathtakingly beautiful humans. Really truly, I have lived.
There was a time when I had so many questions about whether or not I was “doing it right.” Was I making the right choice in how I was living? At one point I found myself moments away from completing a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification only to raise my hand and inquire about additional trainings I could take to expand my expertise as a teacher. I’ll never forget the instructor’s response: “No, Brittni. You don’t need any more trainings to teach prenatal yoga.” I was taken aback. What did she mean I didn’t need the training? I did if I wanted to be a successful prenatal teacher, I thought to myself. Then she simply added, “You already have all the knowledge you need. Think of the additional trainings like refining courses to add to your resume. A nice bonus, sure, but not necessary for success.”
I left that day feeling really deflated and unheard.
Brittni Barcase is a Health Educator at Jewish Community Services.
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