I recently had the opportunity to sing in a production in NYC. My talented friends directed and produced a fantastic concert to raise money for their educational programming. Being a part of this brought back so many good memories and also helped me to see the connection between theatre and yoga and how both are such huge parts of why I am me.
From the time I was a little kid I loved the arts. I loved seeing live performances of any kind. When I was around 9 or 10 years old I did my first play. I loved being a part of the action and continued performing and working in theatre until I finished college. My final semester of college was when I decided to deepen my yoga practice and take yoga teacher training. Once I dove deep into yoga, I became a little disconnected from theatre, I still enjoyed seeing shows, but I had less desire to be a part of any. That was until my friends put together their non-profit and I was fortunate enough to be able to help with little things here and there. While helping to manage the intensives I got to meet some amazing performers and teachers. That's when I started to see the connection between theatre and yoga. Both include, community, inspiration, empowerment, support, acceptance, possibility, inclusivity, love, learning and more.
I think that being involved in theatre from a young age helped to prepare me to teach yoga. It helped with building confidence and being comfortable speaking and moving in front of people, whether it be an audience or a class. The importance of grounding and intention setting is powerful on both sides. I think it helps us be present. Whether you're auditioning, teaching, practicing or performing on any level you need you be present. Your audience, students, teachers - they know when your mind is wandering and when you're disconnected. Yoga and meditation help prepare us for moments when we need to be present. It's great to be present all the time, but it's also very challenging. Yoga gives us permission to be present in our bodies and our minds and leads us to discover all the amazing things we are capable of on and off the mat.
If it wasn't for my love of theatre and the amazing people along the way who encouraged me to be a part of something bigger than myself, I don't know that I would be where I am today. I wake up each day and am grateful for the life I lead. I'm honored that I get to share this amazing life changing practice with people everyday, from athletes to performers to people who are passionate about bettering themselves. Just like any other job or career, I've had my ups and downs, moments of doubt and moments of determination. I have had some amazing opportunities over the last 11 years and I'm excited for more!
My 15th 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training begins this September! Head over to www.carrietreister.com to learn more and apply!