Yoga Teacher Training Weekend #2 Recap

It’s hard to believe my second yoga teacher training weekend was three weeks ago. The training weekends are super busy and go by so fast. For the past three weeks, my entire family has been sick. I’ve haven’t been able to keep up with my studio practice and have had to settle with home practices. The great thing about yoga is that you can practice it anywhere.

 

 
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Friday

Friday night started as usual with an hour long vinyasa flow. The teacher was upbeat, fun, and positive and the class was packed! After class, we took a short break and gave the teacher feedback on her class. The owner of the program is huge into feedback. For every class we attend we are required to give feedback on what to keep, what to stop, and what to start. At first this was difficult, but it has gotten easier over time. When we practice teach, we also receive feedback, which I love.

After yoga, we discussed our reading assignment. We also discussed what yoga means to us and how this will help us off the mat and as a yoga teacher. We ended the night with a short meditation.

 

Saturday

Saturday morning started with an hour vinyasa flow then feedback. We discussed moments over the past few weeks when we noticed any type of negative feelings or actions and what we did or could have done to shift it into positive feelings or productive actions.

We reviewed the spine and the four types of movement. We discussed assisting, why we assist, when to assist, and when not to assist.

After lunch, we discussed avidya, or an incorrect comprehension. Avidya is the filmy layer that coats our clarity. It is the story or stories that we tell ourselves. They’re the limiting beliefs we have about ourselves and our environment.

We got into small groups to brainstorm an opening sequence. My group wasn’t able to finish our brainstorming session when it was time to practice teach it to the entire class. My teammates were too shy to teach it, so I did it. Guys, I was nervous! I walked around the room and assisted while teaching. I was so excited I did it, and I wasn’t terrible.

We ended Saturday with a yoga nidra, yogic sleep, meditation. This is a deep relaxing mediation. It was the best meditation. I highly recommend you YouTube it.

 

Sunday

Sunday morning started with a discussion on meditation. Then we talked about using mantras in our meditation practice. We meditated then began an hour and a half yoga session followed by feedback.

We took a small break then observed a yoga class and gave our feedback. After lunch we attended an Ayurveda workshop. Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old holistic healing system that focuses on mind and body connection. The workshop was interesting.

This Weekend

This weekend is my third yoga teacher training. We’re going to discuss our reading assignments, anatomy, pose breakdown, practice teaching, philosophy/self-study, and we have a chakra and reiki workshop. It should be a fun weekend.

My Yoga Experience and Yoga Teacher Training #1

I discovered yoga over 10 years ago when I was in the middle of my dietetic internship. I was completing a wellness rotation that required me to audit outpatient wellness classes from one of the local hospitals in Las Vegas.

I chose to audit a yoga class to see what it was like. Back then I was a runner and I thrived on intensity. When the teacher asked me what I thought of yoga, I mistakenly told the her I thought it was nothing more than stretching.

The teacher smiled sweetly at me and promised a session that would have me sweating. Needless to say, she kicked my behind.

It was hard, but also the best.

It reminded me of the runners high I would get from running long distances, but even better. I felt and still feel an emptiness almost like I’m being cleanse from the inside out. It’s amazing.  

For the last couple of years, I’ve toyed with the idea of becoming a certified teacher, but did not voice it until earlier this year. I was nervous to tell my husband, but he was completely onboard and supportive.

 
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 I went into yoga teacher training with no expectations. My goal was to be openminded to whatever came my way. My first weekend of classes was fun and exhausting. My classmates and I jump straight into yoga sessions, philosophy, pose breakdowns, and practice teaching.

For homework, we were required to read sections from 3 text books, memorize Sun A and Sun B sequences, practice yoga 5 days/week with 3 days in the studio, meditate at least 5 minutes a day, and write 1-2 pages on the stories we tell ourselves (our limiting beliefs).

The week after yoga training I had a difficult time catching up with chores and work and getting back to my routine. I completely felt lost with my workout schedule. As much as I love to lift weights and practice yoga, I don’t like to spend too much time working out.

I had to switch my training schedule for the third time in 2 months. I changed weight training days to full body 2-days/week, 3-hour+ yoga sessions, and 2 40-minute yoga sessions a week and so far, it’s working out.

My next yoga teacher training classes is this weekend. I’m super busy, but I love it.