It’s that time of the year where bloggers write about New Year’s Resolutions, New Year’s “Goals”, having an inspirational “Word of the Year” - anything that has to do with setting some kind of intension to live out for the following year. And while people like to say that you can start over ANY day, there is something special and fresh about a new year - month 1, day 1. It feels good to make a plans even if it doesn’t pan out the way you expect, the point is the start of a new year is a good time to feel hopeful and optimistic.Read More
Hip Openers! Who doesn’t love opening them hips and sinking down into your mat? Ok maybe not everyone like runners, cyclists, or people who spend a lot of time sitting. I learned early on in my yoga practice that hip openers are my jam! I hear this from a lot of people which is great, I’m not alone. However, there are different kinds of hip openers and not all of them feel juicy, even for someone as "hippy” as me.Read More
It’s true what they say about Yoga Teacher Training - it is life changing. I completed my 200 HR training this past weekend and I have been floating on air ever since. This training broke me down. I have ugly cried, said things out loud I never thought I would say, really dove into the parts of me that needed to be addressed that I’ve avoided, pushed my body to the limit, and acted like a complete fool and loved it.
You’d think, what does this have to do with teaching yoga? For me, it’s helped me let go of insecurities and worries I had about teaching and once you drop that baggage, it just makes you feel lighter and freer to just be yourself and have fun.
We all got to teach a Community Class Saturday morning and I had so much fun. I woke up that morning feeling so calm and at ease. I was part of the first group to teach in the morning and afterward someone said “I bet you’re relieved to get that over with!” and honestly, I wasn’t really nervous to begin with to feel any kind of relief. I came to realize in the last week that THIS IS WHAT YOU’VE BEEN WANTING TO DO!! Why the hell do need to be nervous???
I love Yoga! And I’ve made it clear that I want to share that love with others and share that empowering feeling it’s given me. Why be timid, shy, or second guess about it? This is who I am so just put it out there! I was so relaxed. I got some great feedback from my teachers and fellow trainees that’s only going to help my teaching even more. I can’t wait to teach again.
I’m going to continue learning and training. I signed up for a Baptiste Assisting Course next month so I get more hands-on assisting training. I really like assisting and would be happy spending an entire class just assisting people. The yoga studio has a Mentorship program I’m going to apply for and I’m even considering their 300 Hour Teacher Training.
I’m also going to ask around about getting on substitute lists for different studios. The truth is I would love to just teach at one place (preferably where I trained), even if it’s just one class a week but I don’t want to limit myself in case that’s not in the cards. I don’t plan on leaving my other jobs any time soon so getting as many teaching gigs as possible is not a priority. When I was younger, I used to want to be one of those yoga teachers who taught several classes a day at different studios and just being so cool. Now I just get tired thinking about it LOL!
Overall this has been an amazing experience and the women I trained with have been A-W-E-S-O-M-E! I am so glad to have them all in my life now and they have taught me so much. I truly believe that it was meant to be that the nine of us came together at this time to go on this journey. I can’t wait to see where we all go from here.