One of the best parts of being a classroom teacher is being inspired and awed by your co-workers – the big ones and the little ones.
Classroom teachers are freaking amazing, multi-talented people. And these teachers are truly inspirational. They not only spend their days in the classroom, they also spend time on a yoga mat.
Find out who and what inspires them:
Jenna Francisco of This is My Happiness:
People who are kind, simple, and interested in the betterment of all humans. People, especially quirky or creative ones, who are 100% comfortable being themselves. Societies that value slowness, simplicity, and equality.
I’m inspired to be in the moment every day, whether it’s just relaxing, spending time with my sons, or even going to work. I’m inspired by history and art, and I won’t lie—I love to travel and want to live overseas, (both very outside-of-the-moment!), so I’m inspired to see as much of this world as I can in my short life.
Amy Estes (formerly of Just a Titch) and now Coffee and Sunshine
I think working in a profession where I’m forced to be creative is good for inspiration—teenagers see the world so differently than I do, and also, kids are brutally honest about how they’re feeling, which definitely inspires thoughts. Otherwise, I find inspiration in a good book, a song that makes me want to dance or cry, conversations with my closest friends, a long drive on a sunny day, in cooking or baking, during a long bath or shower and the things that I write off-line, in my paper journal.
Jed Brewer of Lather Records
I’m drawn to people that are smart, creative, and weird. Occasionally, I need some boring down time to recover from everything, but I like watching, hearing, and talking to people that let it all hang out. People that risk embarrassment or being misunderstood to do something that’s a little different. Not the Jackass people, but creative or even political people.
I also get off on stuff from the natural world. I’m fascinated by topography – land shapes, gorges, mountains, rivers, etc. And animals, of course. The Amazing Yans inspires me just about every day.
Ryan Fong of Deep Homework
I have many people who inspire me.
- My partner, Eric, inspires me to see myself in the way that he sees me—with unconditional love and compassion.
- My uncle is an inspiration for a life lived well and very mindfully. He’s a friend, mentor, and model in addition to being my blood relative.
- I’m inspired, as I think many of us at IAY are, by the way the community there supports us in experiencing the challenges and joys of really embracing it *all* as yoga.
- But mostly, I’m inspired by the universe’s generosity in giving us this present moment to do and be right. Not right as in correct, but as in right here, right now and just right.
Who or what inspires you?
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Fun to see others’ answers here. Thanks for sharing, Tami!
I came here looking for inspiration, and found/rediscovered my own words. Now there’s a lesson if I’ve ever seen one!
Right?!?! A little self wisdom from the past.
Love right back atcha, Tams!