Yesterday I received my Yoga Teacher Certification. Now that I’ve had some time to let it sink in, I wanted to write a reflection of my experience. I had thought about Yoga Teacher Training for a long time, but mostly as a passing thought. 200 hours of training is a huge time commitment, and a daunting thought when you have a full time job and a busy schedule. Nine weeks ago I decided to shed the fear, take the plunge and fully immerse myself in a summer of yoga.
Training was challenging. The CorePower yoga studio became my home away from home. Apart from practicing yoga close to every single day, we had long lectures after work and during the weekend as part of our training.
We did posture clinics on lots of yoga poses, we learned about the anatomy of the human body, kinesiology, history of yoga, practice teaching, modifications for injuries and pregnant women, Yoga philosophies and safe alignment in postures.
I said goodbye to my leisure time during the summer and what I got in turn was a life changing experience. I met so many amazing people through my training, who were so supportive and so encouraging. Special shout-out to Eloise my yoga sister. I’m so glad we met and I couldn’t have completed this training without you.
I deepened my practice in ways I never had before. I’m happy to say i’ve never been in better shape (mostly because I had never come close to practicing Yoga every single day)… I’ve learned to be compassionate with myself and integrate yogi principles to create a healthier lifestyle, not just on the mat but in all aspects of my life.
Last night, I completed the program with all my peers, and received my teacher training certificate. I have learned so much, and I am humbled to see how much more I still have to go. The most important thing I learned is that Yoga is lifelong practice, and I am committed to treating it with all the respect and dedication it deserves. Feel free to hit me up if you want to get into a down dog. You have a newly certified teacher who will love going on yogi adventures with you :)