When I started my Yoga teacher training classes at the end of June, I did not realize how much I was going to learn in only a few short weeks. I went to my first class thinking I was going to learn how to teach an exercise but I’m realizing there is more to Yoga then teaching someone to stretch or practice a pose. There is hours and hours of book work, studying anatomy, and spending 6 or more hours in a studio a few days a week. The teacher training also teaches us mental and spiritual strategies to implement in to our daily lives and the lives of our students.
The first class I went to, the instructors had us sit in a circle and told us to bring our hands to heart center. They told us to breathe in, and get ready for the sacred sound of Aum. All of these people started Auming and being the girl I am, I popped my eyes open and looked around at all of them like they were insane. This is when I realized there are several different practices to Yoga. The next night, they sat us in a group and discussed how Yoga can be a spiritual practice. Some of the girls began to question if practicing Yoga is the religious thing to do. I gotta say, I was questing what the heck I got myself in to after hearing all of this. I didn’t recognize the fact that people look down on Yoga for various reasons until I sat in this circle. At this point in the training, I am already forming my opinions of how I will practice and teach Yoga. I am going to be honest here, I will not be practicing any aum’s or spiritual ways nor will I teach it. I will teach Yoga as a form of exercise and when student’s pay to come to my class, I will put them to work. Therefore, when they walk out of my door, they feel like they have accomplished something and feel like they have gotten a great workout. Kind of like boot camp for Yoga. That’s not to say, that I won’t start with some breathing exercises or end the night with a little meditation but my classes will not focus on that.
Yoga is also making me realize it’s ok to be who you are and to be ok with where you are in life. Let me try to explain this a little better. It wasn’t until I started taking Yoga lessons, did I recognize the fact that my body does not bend and stretch the way some people’s do. I have very tight hamstrings and very tight shoulders. Therefore, I cannot touch my toes or place my hips on the floor in a seated position. I also walk like a duck and many of my poses have my feet sticking out because I cannot turn them in. Last night, was the first time I truly got frustrated with myself during the training class. The instructor told us to stretch and grab our feet but I couldn’t stretch that far and I looked around at everyone else who could grab their feet and just shook my head. The instructor saw me and came over to tell me its ok to be where I am in this journey and to learn to be ok with the things I can’t do at the moment. I thought a lot about what she said and I am coming to terms with not worrying about what I can’t do but what I can do. I may not be able to touch my toes, but I have some killer balancing techniques. I do the tree pose on one leg like a champ, I don’t even shake. I stand like a tree that is not being blown by the wind. I also have a nice little plank and with the help of my weight training, I no longer shake like I’m freezing cold!
We got a little taste of teaching last night. I have a lot of work to do to learn how to verbalize what needs to happen in order for people to learn the poses the correct way. I can’t wait until I can actually teach! My classes are going to be lots of work but I promise they will be fun and relaxing.
I will try to post after each of my classes so you all can follow my Yoga journey of becoming a teacher. The fall is fast approaching us! Hope everyone has enjoyed their summer!
Hugs & Blessings!
~Queen Beast Fitness