This past June, I had the honor of leading a Clubbell Yoga Seminar in Budapest, Hungary assisted by Bogi Sofi (pictured left). This woman is a fierce leader and not afraid to take on the work required to truly lead from the front.
In the CST Family, we use don't use the phrase "lead from the front" lightly. My translation is to: expect the highest level of performance, don't leak power, and maintain a strong focus. This can be applied to both physical performance as well as life. I will state that again.
If you want to lead from the front:
1. Expect the highest level of performance.
2. Don't leak power.
3. Keep your focus.
Bogi teaches in her TACFIT, Kettlebell, CST and Clubbell Yoga classes at her dojo in Budapest. She has also become very well known for pioneering these disciplines in her country via media, news and fitness magazines. I always joke that she is more famous in Hungary than I am in the United States, because she is regularly teaching at huge fitness conventions. Very impressive....
Outside of the world of physical movement, she is also a scholar finishing her PhD, at the top of her class. Somehow, in between writing academic articles, teaching movement, oh, and studying Yoga at a local yoga school, she is also a parent to two amazing and beautiful children (pictured below). When I spend time with Bogi, it makes me feel a bit more normal attempting to balance a life of family, career, continued learning and yoga.
In this day and age, we want it all.
We want success.
We want strong family bonds.
We want to excel at whatever we are doing.
We want to learn, and keep learning, from those that inspire us.
Going to Budapest to teach Clubbell Yoga with Bogi brought me closer to her in many ways. Though she is older than me and more experienced in life, somehow she has chosen me as a teacher. But what she doesn't know is that she is also a teacher to me, and helps me understand this delicate balance that she makes look effortless. Watching her interact with her kids with sheer love and affection between classes and appointments, and integrating them into her life illuminates another aspect of leading from the front.
Leading with love and patience.
One thing I was fortunate to discover early on in my movement teaching career is: You can't take others where you haven't been yourself. This applies to the love and patience practice as well. You must embody love and patience to be able to teach your students this as well. Practicing love and patience daily, with yourself, your students, and your family will allow you to start on the path of leading from the front.
I look forward to coming back to Budapest again and sharing space with Bogi and the other lovely Hungarians in her tribe.
Entrepreneur, yogi, creator who seeks to inspire people everyday through movement.