Yoga Teacher Training – who isn’t a yoga teacher now a days? I feel like everyone I know either has or is going to take yoga teacher training (YTT). Maybe it is because of who I surround myself with, or maybe it is the new hipster thing to do.
Whatever the case, I wanted to share with you all (the world) my journey for these next nine weeks while I attend YTT. Let’s begin:
It was the first day of class and boy was I scared! It is always exciting and nervous when you start a new class – or anything new for that matter. My biggest fear was not being good enough or not being liked/accepted by my peers. Laura Mary Flynn, our instructor cleared all of my fears within 10 minutes of class. She greeted our group with open arms, sending her love and positive energy to everyone. I know it might sound cheesy but I am for REAL!
Class was off to an amazing start. We proceeded to listen to a TED talk about The Power of Vulnerability. It is when you are vulnerable you are able to learn more about yourself, who you are and why you do what you do. In class we were asked how did this video make us feel and I shared that my whole life, I was taught to be the complete opposite. Don’t let people see your true self. Don’t let people see you are weak. These are things I was taught at a young age and I understand it was to protect me. Now – it is really about reading a situation understanding that there is a time and place for emotions. Vulnerability can be a weakness but also used as a strength.
We continued on to the next section of class where we were introduced to the first 10 postures of yoga. We learned the benefits of each posture along with cues on how to lead a student into the pose and modifications to make it easier or more challenging. I have taken many classes and being a teacher is way harder than being a student. It is a different mind set. When you practice, you take care of you, and you are in control of your body movements. When you teach you have to be a very clear and effective communicator. You have to start with the breath, say the name of the pose, the sanskrit name of the pose and lead from the feet and move your way up. There is a lot to remember, consider and on top of all that, to sound calm, cool and collected. It was an intense first day but I am looking forward to tomorrow and the next eight weeks!
Note: these are my personal inner thoughts. you have been warned!
11:00AM – Laura Mary’s Class
YES! I am so excited for class! Today’s class intention: I’m going to pay extra attention to how she cues her poses and the intention of breath. <class starts> Is it just me or is class super hard today? Wait – no negative talk. Today’s class is full of opportunity to learn. Firefly? Yeah I can do that pose. Wait – why is everyone off the floor and I am still on the floor? Think positive Jenn – remember? Laura Mary says we become what we think. Believe you are a firefly and you are flying! WHY ISNT THIS WORKING? I am STILL on the ground. Whew. ok we are finally out of that pose. Was that just the warm up? ACK! Okay… it is going to be a long day…. savasana – finally! I bet I cannot mess this one up…
6:00PM – Laura Mary’s Class
Round two! The chance to push myself to be better. The first class was a warm up and now you can give it all you got. <Laura Mary cues for half moon> You got this Jenn! uh – oh… timbeeerrrr. Yep. I just fell out of position. Ok, getting back into position. Wait! Now it is time for inversions and binds. Why are my hands not reaching? One step at a time Jenn, you cannot rush this. We are now partnering up for head stand. Tulsi is amazing! Look at her go. Okay, you can be like that too! Focus on the pose and breathe Jenn. Focus… focus…focus….oh noo. That loud boom was me. At least no one heard me fall.
“Jenn want me to spot you?” Tulsi asked.
DOH! “Um, sure of course” I responded.
Now Jenn, you have someone helping you – don’t. mess. it. up.
<I start getting into the pose>
Man, Tulsi is a good spotter. She is good at giving direction too on how to be successful with this pose. I have a lot of studying to do this week! Ok ok enough, back to focusing on my poses. I feel like I am really working it today. My arms are a little shaky but I will be ok. So. Many. Poses. Oh yay! Happy baby! We are almost done with class!
Wait… class is over?! NOOOOOO I cannot believe it – when I started to get into a groove, class ends! Boo…I guess there is always Tuesday!
7:00PM Laura Mary’s Class
Meditation class? PERFECT! This music is killing me.. all I wanna do is write short skits about birds doing yoga. Ok maybe I should have a diverse group of animals going yoga. 1….2… 3… breathe. Wait ack! I am off. I need to start over. Never mind I guess we are counting to 10 now… are we done yet? Meditation is great when guided. But when there is too much silence, my mind def wanders… like below…