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Conversations with Eleen Yaw

Today we’d like to introduce you to Eleen Yaw.

Hi Eleen, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I always have a dream to be a teacher. I am a full-time mum since 20 years ago. Ten years ago, I had the opportunity to pursue my dream as a yoga teacher and I stood up for it. It was never easy but I counted my blessings when I had classes to teach. I enjoyed the privilege of sharing with my students and clients my knowledge and experiences. I never thought I would be a yoga therapist today because my dream was simply teach, like what a school teacher would do. Be a therapist was a step forward in my yoga journey because I have the desire to empower each one who steps forward to learn more from me especially parents with special needs children. In addition to such knowledge and training, I have a bigger goal in life as well, which is to learn how to empower and trust myself through my journey in life. One day, I know, very soon, I can provide even more powerful and enriching teaching through coaching. I am working on that and I am extremely happy with such thought ideas because it is part of what I manifested four years ago when I created my yoga business website, entrusting all women around the world to be the light for our next generation and to celebrate the feminine power within. So good!!!

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I started to appreciate the rough patches along the way because it forced me to reflect and ask myself, again and again, a simple question, “What do you want, Eleen?” 🙂 I think my struggle was trusting my ability to show up as a confident, empathetic, and effective yoga teacher. I always thought I still have some much that I do not know and how am I going to teach my students if I still have so many books and training that I have not read and done. I always doubt myself, from not knowing enough yet, questioning my identity, judging my body shape to getting the perfect smile. When there were fewer students coming to the class compared to the last session, I took it on me that they didn’t like me because of my skills, accent, look, outfit or simply, be a yoga teacher was not for me. It was a bad choice and I sucked at it. But on the other hand, I constantly signing up for more yoga training to improve my delivery and communication skills yet I still felt less about who I could be. That was so hard because I never trusted myself one bit. Deep inside, I didn’t even like myself when I stood in front of the mirror.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am a yoga therapist and transiting into becoming a transformation coach with Kathleen Cameron, the founder of Diamond Academy who made multimillion dollars in less than two years. Kathleen was coached by Bob Proctor, the highly respected businessman who has so many wisdom and inspiration stories to pass on. I did an online course with Proctor Gallager Institute and that was the best gift from the universe. It took me on a journey of self-discovery. It helps me to understand why I am always so critical of myself, doubt my ability to live with who I am, constantly struggling to meet other perceptions and expectations of me, keep giving my time, effort, and attention to those who took me for a ride. I always said YES to all requests and thinking that is how people going to like me and respect me. I am proud that I have let all of that go for good and every day, looking in the mirror and tell myself that I am lovable and I can love myself in any way I want. When I am critical again, I firmly say NO thank you! I repeat to myself again that I deserve love from me, nobody else. It works so far. HAHA!

I am not a coach yet but that is what I am inspiring to do in three months time because the knowledge I am gaining every day, from a year ago until today, is going to empower more people to live a life that they will give thumbs up whenever they see a reflection in a mirror, and say, “So good! So good!Thank you Universe! Thank you! Thank you!”

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I read the book Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz that said if you don’t like the piece of music you listen to, change the music. You do not point the finger or blame the producer or composer for the music or blame Spotify to list it there. So when there is an idea that comes to mind or a very unpleasant voice in you speaking about your inadequacy, flip the idea in mind or that conversation within to something you like to hear. You take control of what feels good to you. You do not blame your past or future that is playing in your head to make you feel anxious, worry and frustrated, you say “I want to feel good because I AM Enough. I AM Lovable. I AM Kind. I AM…” just examples. Check in to those moments when you were happy and excited? Why were you happy and excited? Or simply sit quietly and have a heart-to-heart chat with yourself. I think your body and mind always have the answers you need. Surrender to the power you hold within. It is powerful. You are just not aware of it. You will one day when you are ready to listen and give respect to your inner wisdom. It has always been there. It will surprise you!

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