It feels so good to share that I’m done yoga teacher training!
I started back in September, so it’s been 6 month journey. Like I said in the closing circle on Sunday, I was expecting to learn a lot about the physical – the poses, anatomy, proper alignment – and it ended up being a journey all about learning about myself. It was different than I was expecting, but just as good.
I’m going to do a recap post of my experience with my 200 hour yoga teacher training once I have some time to really let it all sink in. If you have any specific questions you’d like to me answer, leave them in the comments below.
Friday night we talked about the business of yoga and how to actually start teaching. I honestly didn’t realize that there are so many options. We then spent the rest of the night talking about adjustments for various poses and then trying them on each other. There’s so many options for how to adjust students – even in just one pose.
We spend Saturday morning talking about yoga for seniors and kids. We went through a yoga practice that we could do with older adults. We did balancing poses against the wall and did twists that weren’t quite as twisty as we would do in other classes. It was a good reminder that modifications don’t have to be these big things. Oftentimes it’s little things that make poses more accessible.
We then went through a kids yoga practice. The class we did was from this book (affiliate link), about going to the moon in a spaceship. I could totally see how the story would keep the kids engaged. We had a lot of fun even as adults doing it.
We started off the afternoon doing a 30 minute meditation followed my a pranayama practice. I have learned so much about different pranayama techniques throughout this training. The only one I was familiar with before was ujjayi breathing.
We finished off the day with a two hour hatha yoga practice. It was really challenging for me, but it didn’t feel like two hours at all. It was quite different from the yoga I usually practice, so it was another great opportunity for me to experience something different.
Our last day of yoga teacher training started off with a discussion about the chakras. We had covered some of them in depth already, but the instructor wanted to cover the last two and tie up some loose ends.
Before lunch we did a yoga nidra practice. Nidra was something brand new to me – I had never done it before yoga teacher training. I’m so glad that I got to experience it multiple times because it’s such a beautiful thing.
For lunch we all brought something for a potluck. There were some pretty amazing dishes, including a tortellini pasta salad, a beet salad, casseroles, and some really good root vegetable chips.
We spent the afternoon wrapping up by doing a closing circle and getting our certificates. It was so cool to hear how yoga teacher training had an impact on people’s lives. Like I mentioned at the beginning of the post, I wasn’t expecting it to make such a big impact on me personally. I definitely wasn’t the only one.
I’m pretty excited to be able to say that I’m now a yoga teacher. I still have some paperwork I have to get done before I can teacher (registering with the Yoga Alliance, getting insurance, etc.), but I’m this close! I’ll be sure to share on the blog where and when I’m teaching just in case some local readers are interested in checking out my classes.