This week I had the pleasure of interviewing one of Yoga Truly’s teachers in training-Rebecca Taube. Rebecca is a joyful, carefree, and a wise 25-year-old woman who owns nothing more than a suitcase full of clothes and the three dogs she adores. Stirred by the quote by Gandhi, “Attachment is the root of all suffering”, which she read in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Rebecca made the bold decision to shed all of her possessions. She discovered that by discarding the clutter in her life she was able to make room for the things that really matter, the things she stressed about simply went away, and everything began to fall into place. In this interview Rebecca shares her unconventional take on life. Take a moment to be inspired by the somewhat crazy, but mostly remarkable Rebecca Taube.
What’s Your Story?
That’s a huge question. I am a totally normal girl who’s had a bit of a crazy life, who’s living an exceptional life. I can’t say anything other than I am truly blessed and I’m not different than everybody else. Everything in life kind of pointed me towards what I am doing now which is learning to become a yoga teacher and just really letting go and cutting all ties to what I once thought was important. I started yoga I’ll say 3 years ago and it was something I did casually. I was really dedicated for 6 months and then I fell off a little bit, and then I did it once a month, once a week, whenever I could. Yoga always came back into my life. It was like a reoccurring theme. You know when you walk into a place and you feel you’re home? That’s how I felt when I walked into Yoga Truly. I thought, I am home, I feel good and I don’t want to leave. Claire asked if I had ever considered becoming a yoga teacher. I said no. I was totally terrified and freaked out and I was like my life sucks, I can’t do this and read myself every reason why I shouldn’t do it. I’m not flexible, I’ve never done reading on it. I like to know everything before I dive in. I didn’t know anything. I had never pictured myself in that light. I woke up the next day and was like I’m doing this and turned my life around and it was like the shoe totally fit. Claire planted the seed and in 24 hours it grew into a pine tree. So who am I? I don’t know. I think I’ve been a person who was looking for what I wanted to do my whole life, looking for that shoe that fit and I never was finding it, and finally at 25 I finally got there. I figured it out.
What Were You Thinking in Those 24 Hours?
I don’t even know what I was thinking. I think I was just crazy. At first I was like is she nuts? I can’t even do a push up, and I’ve always been physically active but to me a yoga teacher is someone who can flip themselves into pretzels, can go into handstands, they’re crazy. That’s not me, it will never be me. When I got over those presumptions, I realized every yoga teacher is exactly how they will be and that’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Every one is just a person. That’s all I am. What I really connected with was when I started reading up on it; the philosophy, and the teachings, that’s what hit so close to home so I said ok I’d do it. I sent Claire all my savings and I made an impulse decision that turned out to be the best decision of my life. And I recommend it to anyone because even if you don’t want to teach yoga, yoga will teach you. It will. It will change your life. I’m just like everyone else, totally lost until what I found what I was looking for.
What Are Your Thoughts on Stressing Less and Enjoying More?
This is something that is a huge theme in my life. I have lived on my own since 18 and I became super attached to everything I had. I realized my belongings were really tying me down. I thought ok, I have all this stuff, I’m not going anywhere, I’m not doing anything, I’m doing yoga but I still feel a little bit stuck. I decided to give all my stuff away. Everything I owned, my house, everything. So now I have a couple suitcases of clothes and my dogs.
I became the most carefree person in the blink of an eye. It was really hard at first. I thought this is really crazy, I spent so much money on this stuff and its served me over the years, but I was realized you know what its going to serve someone else now. I don’t need it. I realized immediately that I started to hold on to things less. And I think people really stress and suffer because they hold on to things. Whether it’s a relationship with someone that’s not working and you’re holding on that; or it’s the things you own that are it giving you anxiety (because you can’t afford it), your car your house your belongings; the idea of who or what you think it should be. If you just shed that extra weight you become so light and carefree.
After I did that I heard back from this opportunity (to volunteer at a yoga retreat for a month) in Costa Rica. I manage a dog kennel and my boss said, “go”. I love my boss and she’s amazing, but she would never say go. For her to say go was like I seeing a pig fly by. It somehow worked out. So I just feel like once you allow yourself to be open and get rid of the extra weight you find a way to be carefree and find a way to let life happen. Its been borderline scary the way things have worked out since I’ve made these changes. The past 6 months have been really organic and really natural which sounds really yogic of me to say but if you do it in your own time for the right reasons it comes easily and it’s not a struggle.
What Advice Would You Give Someone to Slow Down and Smell the Roses?
It’s important to slow down and be grateful for every moment. It’s easy to give things away but there are some things you can’t give away but can be taken away from you. People feel regretful about the things they lost because they didn’t appreciate them. My advice would be don’t wait until you lose something to appreciate it because life is pretty amazing if you allow it to be. And everything happens for a reason. So if something is terrible in the moment it’s probably terrible for a reason, and whatever is being taken away from you, whatever seems unfair, its probably pushing you in the right direction. Towards where you should be going not where you think you should be going.
What’s One Thing That You Are Grateful For Besides Yoga?
I am grateful for my life. Which feels so strange to say because I feel like a lot of people my age struggle so much. I think when I decided to trust what’s going to happen, to trust myself, and the things that come into my life I really started to become grateful for everything that I have. I am completely grateful for my dogs. My number one are my dogs, love my dogs. My family, I mean they are hard to deal with, everybody’s family is. But they love me and when I am really down they can pick me up which is pretty great.
What’s Next For Rebecca?
Going to go volunteering in Costa Rica. I have no belongings and all these dogs and see where that takes me. Because everything in my life has just taken me to the next thing I didn’t expect so I’m going to go into this with no expectations other than to have the most amazing time of my life. And I’m just going to see how this changes me because I think it’s going to be crazy.