Dear friends, I’m slowly getting back into the swing of blogging. I know, I know. I went on a little hiatus because I’ve been in the process of redoing my website (you’ll see a few changes here and there—fully revamped site rolling out soon!), I’ve been taking on more freelance projects as a Digital Media & Branding Consultant, AND I’ve been completely invested in my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training. Yes, keep reading as I’m opening up about how this experience has been so far; all the feels, ups and downs, and life-changing lessons, unedited.
So I’m halfway through my Power Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga; It’s week 4-out-of-8 and words can’t describe how incredible this experience has been! Without getting too ahead of myself, I can’t wait to see what the remaining 4 weeks will bring about but in the meantime, I’d love to share with you a few of the main takeaways from the past month of fully immersing myself into my practice.
Yoga is About Undoing
When you walk into YTT, undo everything you know. Undo every belief you had about the asanas (postures), your practice, and about yourself. Walk in with an open heart and an open mind, and be ready to experience shifts and changes in your POV towards all these aspects.
The first time I heard Yoga was about undoing, I didn’t get it. Four weeks into YTT and I’ve completely surrendered to this notion. In short, you’ll embark on a marvelous journey towards self-discovery and self-mastery. By doing so, you’ll deepen your practice and acquire all the necessary skills to teach Yoga and transform the lives of your future students.
Observe What Comes up and Let It Go
I’ll forever be talking about letting go, especially after YTT. I won’t lie, the past month has not been breezy. Balancing work, life, and YTT has proven to be somewhat of a challenge for me. I’ve felt it the most when time seems to slip away from me and my OCD/ perfectionist tendencies come to light. Here is where the negative self-talk and self-doubt really hit me.
Throughout YTT, we’ve learned to be observers; witnesses to our realities without passing any judgments. On the mat, I practice this by connecting breath to movement to intention and letting any negative thoughts flow out same as they came in. Off the mat, it’s basically the same. Our minds and our egos can be such tricksters at times. Let them be. Frustrations, heavy emotions, unresolved matters from your past will come to light through YTT. Observe and acknowledge them without creating attachments because Yoga is the practice of non-attachment. Be the witness and let it go. Trust that you are exactly where you need to be and as long as you keep putting in the work, everything will unfold as it should.
Overwhelmed Is an Understatement
Oh, this will happen all throughout. Again, be the observer. Taking this stance has also helped me to better deal with my anxiety. I can see myself handling stressful situations from a place of acceptance and letting myself go more with the natural flow and rhythm of things.
The Universe, Your YTT Classmates and Instructors Have Your Back
You are not alone. You are fully supported by the work you are putting into your practice, your YTT classmates and instructors. If there’s one thing I’ve learned during this process is to reach out and ask for help. All my life I’ve done things in "lone-wolf" mode but during the past week, I've learned it is perfectly ok to ask for a helping hand.
The staff, students, and overall community at CorePower Yoga have been the most supportive throughout this entire experience and I couldn’t be more grateful.
Stay Open and Receptive
Besides the personal growth, self-study and internal discovery I've experienced throug YTT, we've learned a great deal about anatomy, intelligent sequencing, Sanskrit, and Yoga philosophy. After each classroom and practice session, we are required to journal about our experience. Reading and writing assignments plus practice teaching are also part of the homework we have to execute outside of the actual training. This is where it gets a bit time consuming but trust me, it is so worth it. With time, all of the pieces begin to click and make sense. One thing you learned today will tie up to something you'll learn in the following class.
Staying open and receptive is the way to go because Yoga is an ever-evolving learning experience.
There you have it. A little peek into what it’s been like for me throughout this journey. I am incredibly excited to continue to immerse myself in YTT at CorePower Yoga and I welcome any questions you may have regarding this experience. Some of you have already reached out after seeing my Instagram posts about my training so feel free to continue to do so. I am incredibly passionate about Yoga, about the great amount of healing I’ve experienced through it, and about potentially teaching everything I've taken from it (and will continue to take from it) to my future students.