Last week I was counting down the days until the weekend. I was so excited about this final weekend of teacher training! I knew it would be celebratory and fun and most importantly the beginning of a new chapter.
Saturday when we arrived to the studio we were all buzzing, smiling and excited. We started by assisting Jojo’s 9am class which was packed thanks to the new year and a group of Lululemon employees. Adjusting classes is a unique way to be intimately involved with the students and their practice. I love going around, helping students deepen poses, align better and relax into those juicy poses like reclined twist, janushirasana and pigeon. Assisting students in savasana is always my favorite. I love when teachers assist me, it helps me to relax and release any final tensions. I try to give each student plenty of time and focus when adjusting in this pose so they too can enjoy savasana.
After Jojo’s class we had circle time. Today was a little bit different. We each took a piece of paper, wrote our name on the top and passed it to the person to our right. Each of us wrote one sentence on the paper. The idea was to write down our thoughts, and impressions of the person on the paper. We continued to pass the papers around, writing our thoughts and sharing what we admired in that person. In the end we received our papers back. They were filled with 13 notes from our fellow trainees with kind words, thoughts and opinions…words to lift us up and inspire us. We then wrote our own words in response to those negative statements we have heard from those closest to us our whole lives. Then we read the notes from our peers and David asked us to write an affirmation about the person we have become…
I have the courage and presence of mind to say what others are thinking. The intimacy and knowledge of my own practice take me to a place where I can teach and inspire others.
We broke for lunch and started to prepare for the afternoon community class. It was truly a team effort to make the class a success. Those who were teaching walked through their class with the microphone and those how weren’t teaching prepared the studio. That meant we were on vacuum, bathroom and prop duty…making sure everything was neat and clean and the studio was looking it’s best for those coming for the class. While some of the trainees greeted people and helped them find what they’d need for a successful class I worked the front desk, signing people in and collecting waivers. Once everyone arrived and was settled I headed in to take the class.
My fellow trainees literally rocked their class. It felt like one giant party. Everyone was great spirits and all smiles, the playlist was awesome and the class was challenging. The room was packed with everyone’s friends and family there to support them.
After the class we broke for the day, my group quickly met to rehearse our class that we’d be teaching on Sunday. I headed out to meet Michael. We were staying in the city to go to dinner and see Savion Glover at the Boston Opera House. Michael had gotten me tickets for Christmas and I was really excited for the night! I showered and got ready for the night and wore a sparkly black dress. Right before we headed out I quickly went to the bathroom. As I was standing outside the door putting my jacket on to go I heard the sound of water…lots of water. I turned the light on and saw the toilet over flowing. Rapidly over flowing. I quickly yelled for Michael and grabbed a towel and threw it on the floor. I couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. All dressed up for a night on the town dealing with an over flowing toilet. But somehow it didn’t ruin my night. It made it just that much better.
Sunday morning we took David’s public class. As he said, it was his final gift to us. David was in a great mood, full of smiles and laughter and had an awesome playlist to remind us the journey we’d been on. We all laughed and enjoyed the class. It felt good to sweat and flow next to my fellow teacher trainees.
We closed out the morning by having one final circle. It was an opportunity to say whatever we wanted to the group. We each went around sharing our story of the journey, and thanking each other. For me it all seemed so surreal, to be sitting there on the final day of teacher training. It was something I dreamed about and talked about for so long. We reminisced back to-day 1 when we had to hug everyone…and most of us agreed we had the same thought…hell no. As for me, it was an opportunity to thank my teacher trainees and David for showing me that I actually don’t have my shit together, that I have walls just like everyone else and that I don’t need to be perfect all the time and really that’s the only way to live. I told them the story about the overflowing toilet. For me to laugh in that moment and know that I would still have a great night is truly a testament for how far I’ve come. There were a lot of tears of happiness, joy and love. In some way we all fell in love with each other throughout this journey. And much like we started the journey we closed it by hugging each and everyone, but this time there was love and smiles shared with each hug.
We broke for lunch and then prepared for another community class. Sunday was my day to teach and I was so excited. We mocked through our class with the microphone and set the mats up so we could demo as necessary. Michael came to support me and soon enough the room was full. We had a packed house! The class went so well. I couldn’t have been happier! It was amazing to see more than 50 people follow our directions!
After the class, everyone participated in our graduation ceremony! David showed a slide show with photos from our photo shoot. They handed out our certificates and roses and before we knew it the day had come to an end. It’s official…I’m a certified yoga instructor!