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1st Yoga Teacher Training Weekend

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I had my very first yoga teacher training this past weekend, both Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. It was a bit of a challenge to get someone to watch my son but I’m thankful to say that my son’s father stepped up and volunteered to do ½ the day wile my mother and stepfather did the 2nd ½. The trainings will be held one weekend a month throughout the year, up until November 2010 when I hopefully graduate. I feel confident after this last weekend that both my son’s father and my parents will be able to help out for at least that one weekend.

I have to say, it was the most wonderful weekend I’ve had in a long time and I wish I could have more time like that! The theme of the weekend was a yoga immersion, where we practiced yoga for the majority of the time by going into actual classes being held at the studio and then going back to another room as a group to practice together. There are two directors/teachers of the program and I could tell right away they are very passionate about what they do and will be very supportive throughout the training over the next year.

My body and mind felt so wonderful after all that yoga; calm and somewhat healed. I knew that I loved yoga practice but after my experience this weekend I feel with all my heart that this is something I know I will devote myself to for the rest of my life, even if I only end up teaching 1 class per week while I have my regular full time job. I feel that if in some small way I can give this to other people and have it make them feel the way I feel after I practice and help people on physical, emotional, and spiritual levels, that this would be my privilege and gift to others who chose to receive it.

I do have a lot of homework to do for this training. One hour of practice per day, a review of a yoga DVD, attend a different yoga teachers class and observe their style, language, theme, etc., and lots and lots of reading. And the next weekend is only 2 weeks away on Feb 6th & 7th! I am also taking one college class online this semester – Physiology of Wellness – because it satisfies my remaining Science requirement and I think it will tie in nicely to what I am studying with the yoga. Some people look at me like I’m crazy and have taken on too much and then I start to doubt myself, but then I calm myself and remember I am used to multitasking, I’m happiest when I go after what I want, and that I am no stranger to deadlines and a lot of hard work! I also think because the topics, wellness and yoga, are both something that I am deeply interested in that I will be even more motivated to complete the assignments as soon as I possibly can.

I can’t wait for the next weekend in Feburary!
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    That sounds like a great weekend! I am wondering - what was your yoga level to start this training? Also, is the class focused on the physical aspects of Yoga, or does it cover philosophical aspects/lifesyle also? I'm am currently rereading the Yoga Sutra (as translated by Barbara Stoler Miller) and am very "into" the subject. I've been a casual practioner of yoga for several years now and, like you, love the way I feel- spiritually as well as physically- after a class. I've considered pursuing the idea of getting certified as an instructor, but I can't stand on my head, or anything like that yet... Anyhow, I'm glad to see that your program got off to a good start and that you'll have support from your family!
    3369 days ago
    That sounds just wonderful - and great that the family were there for you and your son
    3371 days ago
    I love yoga!! I am a newbie at it though, but I love how I feel during and after! A yoga instructor would be an awesome job! You do sound very busy, but you seem able to cope with it all well!

    Sounds like a perfectly calm weekend! Keep us updated!
    3372 days ago
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