I spontaneously decided to start yoga teacher training today, the same day the class sessions began. While I’d been thinking about getting certified for a while I was unsure about whether or not I was capable of the commitment given me many unusual health issues (more on that later).
Over the past few years I’ve really begun understanding yoga and benefiting from it in a variety of ways. At first, I was a bit skeptical. I met my dear friend Lia my sophomore year in college and she was quite into yoga – very committed and someone who practiced regularly. I wasn’t really sure what yoga was really all about but I eventually gave it a try and fell in love with it!
Yoga for me has always been a way of bringing consciousness back to my whole body, I get really trapped in my mind, and yoga helps my mind re-center and reconnect within my body. Instead of my mind driving my thoughts and my movements my whole body is taking part in the actions made.
After the first 3-hour class I feel wonderful! I’m energized and the clarity I feel right now is incredible. I feel full. I feel alive. I feel as if my mind has quieted down and my thoughts are no longer racing about fighting each other for priority in my crazed lil brain.
I feel present.
During our class we all wrote intentions and put our small piece of paper into a triangular prism that would hold the intentions until our last class together. This is supposed to symbolize us all putting our positive energy out into the universe through our practice so that our hopes can be realized through our own dedication.
That’s why I love yoga and would love to teach it to other people. That’s also why I love writing and mentoring others. Yoga, like some other activities, is an individual personal act that ultimately involves the single person helping themselves! Others can help guide and lead the way but ultimately each person has the power within themselves to do what they need to do in order to become their best self.
I’m taking my certification classes here:
Cathy Mann is teaching us, and she is no doubt an ideal teacher for me. She remembers everyone’s individual history, in particular their past injuries and illnesses, and helps each person accommodate their poses as needed.
I had actually convinced myself earlier this week that I wasn’t physically well enough for yoga and that my life wasn’t controllable enough for me to commit to the 200 hours worth of classes.
I did end up going to Cathy’s Gentle Yoga class Tuesday night of this week, which was incredible. The emphasis was more of a therapeutic practice that incorporated resting and stretching. My body felt fantastic after that session as well, it was just what I needed after experiencing weeks of viral vertigo. My body felt refreshed and renewed!
Cathy had been so sweet and sincere during the past few months, communicating with me via email and checking in on me before I finally met her Tuesday! I knew even before I met her in person that I would want her to be my instructor, her personality and positive energy comes through even via email.
After Tuesday’s class Cathy told me I should really consider joining the teacher training course and that she wouldn’t tell me that if she didn’t think I was capable. Turns out, I am!
The class was incredible and the other women in the class are just amazing. I can’t wait to learn from them and grow together as we spend the next six months training to become yoga teachers!
Being in the first class, in a very picturesque setting with everyone seated on mats laid out so that we collectively formed a circle, it was so clear how yoga can be beneficial to all types of people from all different backgrounds. The group varied vastly in age and everyone brought something different to the mat.
I’m super stoked for this and hope that as I grow and learn that I’ll eventually be able to help others do the same for themselves 🙂