The teacher training journey…part 2

This week I hit the six month mark of my yoga teacher training (albeit with a two month break over Christmas). So what better time to check in and reflect on how it’s been going, and where I feel I’m headed?

In a word: intense. Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving every minute of it, but it feels like after the Christmas break, everything amped up a notch. Though that could just be me, seeing as I’m feeling that way about a lot of things in my life at the moment! I’m slowly learning how to be gentle with myself. Missed a practice? Just get back on the mat tomorrow. Or the day after. 🙂

Everything is starting to click and make sense. I thought I had a fairly good understanding of basic yoga philosophy before I started the course, but applying it to my practice and my life off the mat was harder. Anatomy scared the pants off me. However! I feel like I’m finally starting to get my head around it. Taking the knowledge back to my mat has been the most helpful. My asana practice has become harder – so many more alignment points to think about! – but better. My increased knowledge of physiology, combined with my recent health issues, has taught me how to tailor my yoga practice to best support my physical, emotional and mental needs. I’ve made lifestyle changes as yoga has become more prominent in my day to day life, and I’m confident that I’ll be making a few more changes before the next six months are through. Ahimsa (non-violence), satya (truth), and isvara pranidhana (surrender) have never been truer for me than now.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the next six months unfold, what new teachings are to be found there. I’m also starting to think more about post-graduation – because that’s going to come around before I know it! I’d love to start teaching as soon as is practicable, maybe just one evening a week to start with, plus private classes. I’m not getting too caught up it in. The future will unfold as it should.

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