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On the Path: My Teacher Training Journey
This is your mission, should you choose to accept it. That’s how the first day of yoga teacher training feels like. At least for me. During orientation, bright eyed and bushy-tailed yogis gather to have the next eight weeks prescribed to them. Bye-bye Friday nights. Adios sugar and most things you enjoy eating (and drinking). See ya later everything I thought I knew about yoga. And so the journey begins.
I’m not sure if it’s the combination of intense asana practice; practically one class daily and having to double up some days if you have a day job that gets in the way like most people (and thank you day job for funding this lovely experience). Or perhaps it’s the reflective reading assignments delving into mind-bending subjects such as meditation and mindful living. Or better yet, the cleansing, karma-free diet that takes you on a detox rollercoaster, effects ranging depending on how good you’ve been before starting training. And I am no saint.
Who really knows what triggers some of those initial emotional experiences, but teacher training is like spiritual bootcamp. To quote one of my teachers, we’re “souljahs”. We invite stress to the mat, so we can be prepared to handle the stress in our daily lives. And it is nothing short of a calling from something much bigger than ourselves to buckle down and complete 200 hours of self-exploration. Just as much as the journey is outward turning our schedules, diets an, it is equally inward. I’m sure somewhere down the path where I will ask myself amidst a painfully long-held Vira II, “What the heck was I thinking?!”. This is all part of the journey. If it was easy, everyone would do it. Right? I like to think so. Now that I am in week three of eight, I can only imagine what growth and learning await for me on the next date with my sticky mat.
To sum it all up, one of my fellow trainees found this great article on what teacher training is: “You wake up to the power you have to go into the laboratory of your life experience and mix the potions you want to create your best life going forward!”
The journey begins! Namaste.
Lara was bitten by the yoga bug many years ago while recovering from a half-marathon injury. It was that bittersweet turn of events that led her to find refuge on the mat. A nomad and seeker at heart, it is in good ol' Austin and through the practice of yoga that she is (finally) putting down roots.