Yoga Teacher Training – Weeks 2 & 3

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!):

Yoga Humor!
(for you non-yogis this pose is called “downward dog”…get it??)

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8 thoughts on “Yoga Teacher Training – Weeks 2 & 3

  1. Congrats on three weeks of yoga teacher training! So cool…I’d love to become more adept at the poses, and I can see that training would be a great way to do that.

    Glad you got to enjoy the beach! Was that in Cape Cod?

    • Yes, we went up to the Cape for the weekend. It was great we’ve never gotten to go up in the fall before because of hockey so we’re taking advantage of the lockout!

  2. This is indeed truly inspiring article! I swear I’m looking forward next year to be a part on a yoga class since I don’t have any available time left until the end of this year due to a busy schedule even just a glimpse of it for YouTube. Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. When I first started taking yoga, I was trying to just keep up and never really focused on technique alignment so that would be really neat to break it all down and re-learn.

    Looks like you had a great time at the beach!

    • The weather at the beach was amazing and surprisingly warm for this time of year! I’m definitely enjoying getting to learn the details of each yoga pose, it’s been such a great journey so far! Glad I still have 7 weeks left!

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