Well, I’m officially done with 3 weeks of Yoga Teacher Training and I’m still loving it!
A majority of our classroom time the last two weeks has been spent breaking down the asanas (yoga poses) and learning how to teach them, how to correct or adjust students in the pose, the physical and spiritual benefits of each pose and how to incorporate them in to a vinyasa yoga class. We also spent time learning to cue the Sun Salutations and learning pranayama (breathing techniques).
I feel like I am really learning a lot, not only to use as a yoga teacher, but in my own practice.
I began doing yoga in classes when I belonged to a gym (not at a specialized yoga studio) and looking back on it I never really learned proper technique. I find that as we breakdown and learn about each pose I’m taking the information with me to my mat the next day and really taking note of my alignment and making sure it’s correct. Just like when you “build” a yoga pose you do it from the ground up, I feel like I’m really taking a step back and re-learning the entire practice of yoga from the ground up…building a good foundation to grow on!
One of the things I love about vinyasa yoga and the teachers I’m working with is that they continually remind us to make our practice our own. While we’re learning the “proper” technique and alignment for each pose, we’re encouraged to to what works for us. So, “proper” is to have your foot flexed in a pose, but pointed feels better? Go for it!
I can not tell you what a difference that one small thing has made for me personally…as a former gymnast and diver pointing my toes is second nature, to have them flexed feels awkward and actually throws me off balance. Ever since I’ve stopped focusing on flexing my feet certain balancing poses have become much more stable and comfortable for me – now they’re my own!
I’ve also never really been exposed to yogic breathing techniques (you’d never imagine how many different ways there are to breathe!) or meditation so there is a lot of new information I’m taking in during my training!
I’m really looking forward to when we get to the point that we’re actually beginning to teach what we’re learning. I’m actually thinking about doing a little mini class with my mom, sister and a few friends to practice!
I’ll be back with more updates from the mat soon!
And, for your viewing pleasure, here are a few more of the “yoga on the beach” pictures I took this weekend (thanks to my husband Jason!):