I feel like I have to start by saying this is NOT an April Fools joke!
I actually woke up to a text message from a friend saying he was going to meet with his real estate agent to put an offer on a condo, and I got so excited! Literally got fooled THE MOMENT I woke up! I’m so bad at April Fools.
Anyway, TGIF over here! We started Neurology this week and I have a lot to review this weekend. I knew Neurology would be an intense course, and it has proved true in just the first week. There is a lot of anatomy I have to review (all those nerves innervate things, many of which my brain has forgotten) so I’ll be busy! It’s a seven week course with only two tests, so we really can’t get behind or else the days before the test will be terrible. Actually they’ll be impossible. The #1 advice our teacher gave us was DO NOT GET BEHIND!
One of the cool things about starting Neurology is that we get to start Bedside Diagnosis, too! We’re technically in “phase two” of the curriculum right now which covers all the organ systems, but also includes modules on how to actually do physical exams for each organ system. We get to go into the simulation lab with our standardized patients and do practice encounters, and then at the end of the course we have a graded, videotaped one! It’s fun to feel like a real doctor:) Those physical exams have so much more to them than you think!
Oh, and I got phlebotomy trained yesterday too! They need more volunteers to work in the lab at the Health Resources Center, the free clinic SLU Medical School runs, and I really wanted to learn how to draw blood. I know doctors don’t do it much (it’s mostly nurses that do the blood drawing) but I felt like it was a skill I should have. Turns out training isn’t very intense….basically “wrap the tourniquet, get everything ready, wear gloves, sterilize, find a good vein, GO….” You really just have to practice to get it right, so there were like 40 of us just sticking each other! Luckily my friend AJ and I got each other’s veins on the first try. CHAMPS! Any fear of pain or needles totally goes away when it becomes a clinical job. It’s fun!
Okay onto the real focus of the post:
I AM FINALLY DOING YOGA TEACHER TRAINING!
If you’ve follow for a while, you know that I tried really hard to do this at 502 Power Yoga last year when I lived in Louisville. I couldn’t get the time off from my job so it was a no-go and I was totally bummed. I knew after that that my only shot was if there happened to be a summer teacher training in St. Louis so I could do it on my break between first and second years, and I got so lucky!!
Metro Power Yoga, my Baptiste studio, is offering their second teacher training starting this June! It is about every other weekend, Friday evening, and then most of the day Saturday and Sunday. There will only be ONE weekend that falls in August once school has started, so that weekend might be a little tough with having to get school work done, but you just can’t get much better than that. I am SO excited!!
Julie (the owner and instructor) and I have worked out a deal with tuition so mine is a little bit lower which helps. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do this. I know I won’t have the time to teach a whole lot, but I’m hoping to incorporate a class or two each week, maybe even for my classmates. I also really would love to incorporate yoga into a future practice (we actually had a lunch lecture on how to do this just yesterday!) so I hope this is training is the start of something amazing.
What I love about the Baptiste Training is that it’s not just teaching yoga. It’s a leadership program and a personal growth program. Many people do it without ever intending to teach! Obviously first and foremost we will learn how to be effective and safe yoga teachers, but graduates also talk about how much it changed their lives. They say they are better employees, friends, and spouses. They have this new passion for life, and it’s so inspiring! I just can’t wait.
If any of you in the area want to join me at teacher training, shoot me an email! The more the merrier! More info here.
Alright – off to class and then a fun volunteer event where we are sharing healthy snack ideas. Hope you all have a great day and don’t get fooled too much!:)
- Have you ever thought about becoming a yoga teacher?
- Any April Fools jokes planned??