Weekend 1 – Yoga Teacher Training

I just completed Weekend 1 of my YogaWorks 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training. OMG, it’s a LOT of work. Yesterday (Saturday) we were in session from 10am to 5.30pm and today (Sunday) went from 10am to 3.30pm. Anyone who doesn’t take yoga seriously should see all the manuals and required reading! When you are responsible for someone’s safety, it is no joke; we spend hours on Anatomy so we understand (and can ultimately teach) proper alignment. We also study the history of yoga, the Sanskrit language and the Asanas (postures). Of course, we are also students in an actual yoga class for about two hours each day, but the rest is 80% classroom and 20% workshop.

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Surprisingly, I am not completely exhausted. I had still been debating whether this course was the right fit for me, but I had a breakthrough late in the day today when we were “practice teaching” on each other. Just my luck, I got paired with a woman that teaches pilates, so she is already an instructor. Knowing this, I asked her if I could go first so I wouldn’t be intimidated or just end up repeating what she did. I took a deep breath and jumped in. “Let’s stand in mountain pose at the top of our mats…” I couldn’t believe how easily the words were coming out of my mouth.

Then when Kate, our Instructor, had us analyze postures, I was able to appropriately identify a counter move to keep the body in proper alignment while in downward dog. Go me!

Honestly, I still have no idea whether or not I would actually want to teach – but today it felt like more of a possibility. The Anatomy stuff gets very overwhelming (I haven’t really studied the body since high school!) and I’m sure that I look like a deer in headlights during that part. But then we get on our mats and I feel much more confident. If Kate had asked one of us to lead the entire class through a sequence this afternoon, I actually think I would’ve volunteered.

But now, homework. Lots and lots of homework! I will post about that as I dive in.

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