Weekend 5 – Yoga Teacher Training

Thankfully, we spent less time on Anatomy this past weekend! (Although I really shouldn’t say that because I should be spending MORE time on Anatomy in order to actually start retaining some of what I’ve learned.) We are now spending more time on the Yoga Sutras and Class Sequencing. We actually had to get up and teach the entire class through a sequence of three postures – Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior 2) into Utthita Parsvakonasana (Side Angle) into Trikonasana (Triangle). We are only supposed to be using the Sanskrit names of the postures now, but I am still struggling with those as well. My BF actually got me the second set of Yoga flash cards for Christmas (I had purchased the first set already) so now I should have cards for almost all of the postures I need to learn.The postures are broken out into different categories: Neutrally Rotated Standing Postures, Externally Rotated Standing Postures, Backbends, Inversions, etc. We are learning to develop classes based on a logical (and safe) progression of these postures. The idea is that you select either a peak pose or theme, break that pose or theme down into its component parts, and then take the class through a sequence of postures that either prepares them to practice the peak pose or relates to the overall theme (backbends, as an example). Sounds easy, right? Not necessarily. One of our homework assignments is to develop a class sequence leading to Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) and I am struggling with it. In YogaWorks, there is a specific way to order the poses (asymmetricals before neutrals, standing before seated, etc.) and you also have to provide counter poses (a forward bend to balance off a backbend) and give breaks (a rest in Balasana, Child’s Pose, as an example). It gets a little daunting to try to stick to the “rules”, but the rules make sense. When I have surprised myself in class by being able to make great strides in a difficult pose, it is because everything the teacher had me do leading up to that pose readied me for it.

My day job continues to be busy and I am traveling a lot for work right now, but I have still found a way to dive into my homework. I am trying to get it done by the end of this weekend so I can spend any free time I have over the next couple of weeks memorizing the posture names and improving my understanding of Anatomy. I am getting very concerned about passing the final exam. Kate, our Instructor, says that we will be very well prepared but I feel my lack of confidence in these areas is giving me too much self doubt when it comes to thinking of myself as a potential teacher. I chatted with one of the studio assistants when I went to a regular studio class last night and she mentioned that part of the tryouts to teach at the YogaBalance studio is to do exactly what we had done in our YogaWorks training class this past weekend: lead the Studio Manager/Interviewer (who in this case happens to be Kate, the same person running our training) through Virabhadrasana 2 to Utthita Parsvakonasana to Trikonasana. I was like, really?!?! I felt that I actually did an okay job of that so maybe if I start mastering the rest of this stuff, I could even think about being a sub at my beloved home studio.

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