Between January and May of 2010, I experienced the in-depth immersion of EVOLVE’s Yoga Teacher Training Program with Carson Efird. My successful completion provided me the credentials RYT-200, which means Registered Yoga Teacher with 200 contact hours with a trainer. It proved to be a very reductive experience, meaning that I came away from the four months exploring what could I let go of, what was no longer necessary in my life, what could I release? And the Universe responded with its own ideas of what was insubstantial and should shake loose; some of which I may or may not have been ready to let go, but aligning to that space in my life has proved to be rewarding.
The blessing in all this stripping away is that clarity of thought was left at the end. I stood in the center of emptiness and could chose what to do next. My dharma has brought me back to the YTT program again, this time as the administrative assistant for Carson, but also with an opportunity to reorganize the information and immerse myself in this system of wisdom without the pressure of homework and deadlines. This weekend launched the new class, eight beautiful and open-hearted women who were apprehensive about what they had committed to, but also eager for transformation and possibility. I found for myself this kickoff weekend, comfort and validation, but also enormous space for new knowledge and community to flourish. Namaste!
it takes you 3 months to post a new update to your blog! So in those 3 months, I have completed my yoga teacher training, and as of today, have officially become a river guide to the flow, ie I taught my first class. The crazy part about teaching this class is how stressed I was about it! I teach multiple hours of movement every week and I have been teaching for over 7 years, yet somehow, this 1 hour class, 60 minutes of anonymous flow was freaking me out! I took my usual tactic, procrastination as far as I could, and even when I finally put fingers to keyboard to map out my class, I felt resistance. Today, as I prepared for class, I came to a realization…if this isn’t fun or meaningful, don’t do it! So I reorganized and adjusted my goals for the day. Instead of being the absolute best teacher that has ever existed, I would simply deliver a class I enjoyed. Mission accomplished. It was an awakening experience, to realize I didn’t know my left from my right, that I was at the back of the class instead of the front, that I had run out of time….but also that I was in control, in charge of the flow and I could redirect it any way I wanted…at the end of class, I was happy…that I had delivered a flow class and that I would never again have to deliver my very first yoga class!
I started a 200 hour course in Yoga Teacher Training at the beginning of January. It has been everything I was hoping for and actually alot more. I was excited to gain a deeper understanding into the principles of yoga and I definately understood there were other aspects of yoga beyond the physical practice of asanas, but I have enjoyed reading ancient texts and finding some new perspectives on the big question….How To Live? For the past 2 1/2 months, I have met each Wednesday night and (thus far) for 3 long weekends with my instructor and 9 other women in the course, all of us on the same path but for lots of different reasons. And while the course is strenuous, both mentally and physically, I have found it to also be rewarding. The changes are dramatic. I walked into the studio in November with virtually no relationships or connections; not only do I help run the studio now, but I also feel a strong sense of community when I walk into the warm and inviting sanctuary. Physically, my practice has deepened and strengthened. Poses that would literally “spit me out” when I started the program will at least tolerate me now. I have noticed the constant mental chatter of judgement dies down within a few minutes of starting our Vinyasa Flow and is pretty much non-existant by the point of final OM. One of my favorite elements of the course happened spontaneously, a potluck luncheon the second weekend we gathered has become an event we cherish and get excited about. Sharing food is such an elemental aspect of community and that give and take of recipes and history is so wonderful. We begin weekend #4 on Friday, it is our Fire Weekend. We’ve been working our way through the Chakra System and this will take us to Manipura (Naval) Chakra: Solar Plexus: Willpower & Anger. Fun! And really, that is what I have learned thus far, to just relax and have fun with all this. Learning is fun, moving is fun, community is fun!