These yoga teacher training weekends are becoming more and more exhausting.
At the beginning of the summer we spent a lot of time talking. We talked about the history of yoga, foundations and principles of Baptiste yoga, the power of language, empowerment tools, and a lot of personal growth topics.
We’re pretty much done with the talking portion now, save for some check-ins and debriefing, and instead we are doing. Now instead of getting to sit and rest after 2.5 hours of yoga classes on Saturdays, we are practice teaching and assisting. Basically we just do yoga ALL day. It is so, so fun because teaching is are there to be doing, but it takes a lot out of me!
A Legit Class
I am teaching at the studio for my first time next Friday. LIKE A REAL, LEGIT CLASS that people will come to. Julie (the owner) always has the teacher trainees start to teach her Friday night community classes where the money donated goes to a good cause, and I’m up first. I’m nervous, but also can’t wait. I’m really glad I got to practice teach some friends a few weeks ago for practice, and think I’ll ask if I can teach for friends another time this week to prepare.
All Coming Together
It really is all coming together. The four of us have made so much progress in teaching since the beginning of the summer when we were so rigid and cautious. Now we just dive right in and teach with much more ease.
Today we started breaking down each pose, one at a time, discussing proper alignment and good assists or modifications to provide. It was really helpful and we ended up having a ton of questions. Do your hand go here or here? How far apart are you hands? Is it okay to not bend my knee that far?
We have just two weekends left. The last weekend includes a group teaching class and a big “graduation” celebration, so really we have just one full weekend left. THAT IS CRAZY.
(Vita is a dancer. Doing dancer. My goal in my (yoga) life is to have her flexibility and grace.)
I’m starting to think about what teaching I will be able to do during the school year. I definitely want to teach at least once a week at the studio, not only because I love my studio, but because it means I get free yoga classes which is very valuable for a student budget. I would also love to teach a class to my fellow medical students which I’m discussing with school. We currently have a weekly class taught by one of the pediatric physicians, but it’s very gentle and restorative. I’d love to be able to give my friends a chance to get in more of a vigorous flow and have gotten a fair amount of interest in that.
Yoga on the blog
I’m also thinking about how to incorporate more yoga into the blog! A “Yoga Tip Tuesday” series is one idea I have, which would explain something about the practice. There were tons of things I didn’t get for a while or had misconceptions about and I’d love to share those! Thoughts?
Okay – gotta go to do some research work and then I’m going to see my friends’ band play at a local venue. A group of my classmates started a band called The Palpations and they are pretty phenomenal. They were even included in a Public Radio interview this past week that highlighted how SLU Medical School focuses on student wellness and allows students time to spend on life outside of medicine.
Getting work done is difficult these days. I’m not allowed to ignore the dogs.
Have a great Saturday night!