The Beginning of a Yoga Journey!

Hey all!  I hope everyone is having a fantastic Tuesday.  I have a massage tonight and I can’t wait.  My muscles definitely need some TLC.  My legs, hips, shoulders and arms are all feeling the effects of months of marathon training.  Hopefully tonight’s massage will workout some kinks and have me feeling relaxed for race day.  These final weeks before the marathon are always so hard for me to get through.  I won’t let myself get too excited yet and it’s too early to start counting down.  I just lay low and focus on rest and running.  Honestly, I tend to get bored during tapering.  I’m trying to channel my boredom into productive study time but I’m just really ready for race day to get here already!

Since I’ve been talking a lot about running lately and the Boston Marathon coming up I feel like LiveRunLoveYoga is lacking some yoga love.   Let’s try that again, lacking major yoga love.  I’m missing my practice and Sunday mornings in the studio with Michael on his mat next to me.  I miss the chanting and the music, the sweating, the shaking of my muscles and the feeling of complete relaxation of my body and mind as I leave the studio.  I’ve still been taking my class at lunchtime a couple of days a week but it just is not the same as heading to a studio on the weekend or after work and being able to sweat and move and flow.  I love feeling strong and beautiful in the middle of a 90 minute flow and feeling the beads of sweat running down my back.  Running 20 miles gives you a similar feeling but it’s just not the same!  I’m  not worried…I know I have lots of time in my future to experience this feeling…

I’m excited to tell you all that I’m going to officially begin my journey to become a Certified Yoga Instructor on August 3rd! I officially signed up and made the payment on Sunday.  I’ll be doing the 6 month program at South Boston Yoga!  It is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified program taught by David Vendetti and Todd Skoglund!

I’ve been waiting and saving for this opportunity for the last year and am really excited (and nervous!) for this to begin.  I was ready to sign up for the last month or so but kept putting it off.  It seemed like such a big deal to me and I wanted to do it when I was ready…which just so happened to be on Sunday.   The class begins with a 9 day intensive training from August 3rd to 11th and then is alternating weekends until January 2013.  The training is all day from 9 to 5.  Each week I’ll be required to attend classes and do readings.  It will require a lot of time and sacrifice but I’m ready and excited for it.  And you can count on me to be blogging and sharing the journey the whole way through!

Between now and August my plan is to rest and recover from the Boston Marathon both mentally and physically and enjoy some down time.  I’ll start practicing and hope to build my strength up again before starting teacher training.  I want to do some fun things and not be tied to a training plan.  I’m thinking running when I feel like it, fun classes at the gym, yoga here and there, some golf on the weekends with Michael and a relaxing summer to recharge my batteries and start this journey feeling rested and excited for the challenge!

So today let’s wrap up this exciting post with a yoga moment…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

To laugh is to appear looking like a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out for another is to risk involvement.
To expose feeling is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas, your dreams before the crowd
is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return.
To live is to risk despair.
To try is to risk failure.

But the risk must be taken,
because the great hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.
She may avoid suffering and sorrow,
but she simply cannot learn, feel, change,
grow, love, live.
Changed by her certitude, she is a slave,
she has forfeited freedom.
Only a person who risks – is free.

(source)

I’m so excited to learn more about myself, my practice and yoga starting in August and I’m really excited to share the experience on LiveRunLoveYoga!

What risks are you taking in 2012? What is the major goal you’re hoping to start?  What steps have you taken to get there? Any advice from the certified yoga instructors out there?

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21 thoughts on “The Beginning of a Yoga Journey!

  1. Wendi @ A Southern Yogi says:

    I saw you on Carrotsncake today and thought I’d say hello. I just finished my Yoga Alliance training and am taking the exam in a couple of weeks. I can’t wait to read about your experience! I loved it and thought it was the best thing I’ve ever done!

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  2. betterwithveg says:

    How exciting!! Congratulations on taking the leap and registering!! =) I’ve really enjoyed yoga, but don’t get the opportunity for an in-studio class very often, but really love it when I do.

    For me, I’m taking the 2nd of two coaching certifications at the end of this month, which has been a goal of mine for the past year. Then I’ll be run coach & multisport coach certified – woohoo!!

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  3. Emily says:

    What a beautiful post! Thank you for such inspiring words. I am beginning my yoga teacher training in June, so I’m excited to follow your journey this summer too. I’m also running my first race, a 5k in May. Thanks for such a great blog!

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    • liverunloveyoga says:

      Thank you! That is so cool your starting your journey too. I’ll definitely be reading about it! Good luck with your first race! The post I’m working on for Thursday will fit perfectly with your goal so check back for that! Thanks again!

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  4. Cherie @ Cherie Runs This says:

    Congratulations!! It sounds like it’s going to be amazing!!

    I might add that I love the part of you saving up to purchase it. I see all these posts with people buying this certification package, or buying that training class just like that…and I’m like, doesn’t anyone have to save up like I do?!! Thank you!!!

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  5. taraburner says:

    Congrats!! I was supposed to have been certified already…then ‘life’ got in way…so I love seeing others do it!!!

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  6. Jess Sutera says:

    Oh how exciting!!! You are going to learn so much about yourself, about your body, about your soul, during the teacher training journey! I’m so excited for you to get started — you’re going to be an incredible yoga instructor! I’d love to take one of your classes once you get certified 🙂

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