Yoga Teacher Training: The Beginning

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Today is the day.  I begin Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) at South Boston Yoga.  The beginning of a 200 hour journey to become a certified yoga instructor.  We start training with a yoga intensive; 10 straight days of practice, flows, reading and more.   To say I’m excited is an understatement.  It feels surreal that the day has finally come.  This goal of mine has been something I’ve been dreaming of for years.  I saved and saved for the training and tried different studios, talked to my favorite instructors and finally decided that South Boston Yoga was the studio for me.  I signed up in April as soon as they posted the session and began the long wait until August.

Everyone keeps asking me if I am excited, I sure as heck am!  And then they ask me if I am nervous.  I’m definitely nervous.  I’ll finish my certification in January 2013 which is 6 months away, there is a lot that can happen between now and then and I’m nervous about how I’ll fit it all in.  I’m nervous to teach my first class.  I’m nervous to face my fears of head stand and shoulder stand.  I’m nervous about my body’s ability to be so dedicated to the practice for months and months.  I’m nervous about the ways in which I’ll change.  I’m nervous about the sacrifices that lay ahead, the countless things I’ll miss out on when I’m in the studio every other weekend.  But then I pause and I think about this nervousness.  And with a deep breath, it washes away.

The sacrifices have already begun; giving up 7 days of vacation time to attend the intensive and missing out on a weekend away with Michael and his family but these are sacrifices I am willing to make.  My friends and family know how long I’ve wanted this, so they are prepared for the sacrifices as well.  I know this is where I am supposed to be right now and what I want to be doing.  I can’t help but feel hopeful and excited about this new journey.  I’m hopeful that it is the final piece I need to create a life and career for myself based on something I love.   I can’t help but feel that I will grow and learn and change for the better.  I can’t help but feel that on the other side of this journey lays something really, really good for me.  Just thinking about the journey ahead makes me smile.

I’m excited and thankful to be able to share this journey here on LiveRunLoveYoga.  I love knowing that my family and friends stop in and read this blog, that in someway they are on the journey with me.  I love that I have all of you, my readers, looking forward to reading about my experiences and are always so supportive and thoughtful in your comments!  I hope to write as much as possible about this experience over the next 10 days and share it all with you.

I’m off to begin this journey but I leave you with this…close your eyes and take 3 deep breaths (I know you all need a minute to breathe and relax…life is crazy most of the time so really take this minute to just breathe) and when your eyes flutter open…read on…slowly

Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all of your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best and expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and to give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Christian D. Larson

Any words of wisdom or advice to share with my as I begin my journey?

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  4. Congrats from Samyak…

    Hope your Yoga journey will get a transformation in your lifestyle…

    Hope you get everything you wanted in your yoga life.

    best wishes from Samyak family

  5. Yay! I’ve been waiting for your teacher training journey to start too because I can’t wait to hear about it. It’s definitely something that has intrigued me. I’m really excited for you and that are pursuing a dream.

  6. Enjoy it, and breathe! It’s just yoga. :)

    You will learn a lot, regardless of whether you realize it or ever want to teach. I finished my TT in August 2010, but for a number of reasons (including a brief cross country move) didn’t start teaching regularly until January 2012. Feel free to contact me if you ever need an objective reality check from a stranger.

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