Greetings. My name is Amy, and I am an amateur.
from the online etymology dictionary:
amateur 1784, “one who has a taste for (something),” from Fr. amateur “lover of,” from O.Fr., from L. amatorem (nom. amator) “lover,” from amatus, pp. of amare “to love” (see Amy). Meaning “dabbler” (as opposed to professional) is from 1786.
Update: 05 January 2012
My very first yoga class was a one semester class for college credit …. sometime in the early 80s. I loved that class, and I remember that the teacher was from the Iyengar tradition. She was friendly, and laughed easily, and had ways of describing how to move that gave me an insight, and opened an awareness into my body that I had never had. I was busy with school and a crazy life, so when the semester was over, so was my early introduction to yoga.
While I didn’t realize it then, that first class had awakened something deep within me, and my return to yoga was inevitable. Even so, it was many years before I tried yoga again. When I finally did, it was with a clear physical focus: to increase my flexibility, and to supplement my weight workouts. I was an athlete, and wanted to be fit. Yoga was an adjunct to my overall physical fitness.
I dabbled. I was a yoga dabbler.
Over the years, I experienced many different somatic practices. Bodywork, breath work, focused meditation, dance. Somewhere along the line, I got more serious about my yoga practice. Yoga became about more than just exercise. It became a way of life. I practiced with many different teachers, took seminars, studied. I read books, I learned, I questioned, I (re)discovered my own spirituality. I learned a bit of Sanskrit, studied Buddhism, and sang kirtan. Bhakti yoga gave me back my love for god, and helped me define my own faith. I apprenticed with amazing yoga teachers who taught me how to teach, and then I taught for a while, learning even more from my students.
Then life changed again, as it does.
Today, I am both serious yoga student and doubtful dabbler. I am still an amateur. Maybe even a better amateur than I have ever been. I have no idea, as of today, where this blog will lead, or where my yoga practice is going.
I am/it is evolving.
Come along, share the journey if you like. Read and listen, contemplate, post a comment, share your own story, and/or connect with me here. It is the sharing of our journeys that teaches us what we most need to learn, and brings us the great blessing of community.
Namaste, my friends, and many blessings on your own journey ~