While I have shared bits and pieces of my yoga teacher training journey, I know there are several probably interested in hearing how I feel about things now that everything has completed and I’m officially a registered 200-hour yoga teacher. Lucky for you, that’s what’s on the dock for today… (wink wink)
I know most of these thoughts will merely be skimming the surface as there’s a lot that went down internally or that just can’t get put into words. All I can say is that I will do my best and if you have questions, leave them in the comments and I’m happy to try to answer them.
I began this process mid-October 2017 and we were officially “graduated” mid-March. Going in I didn’t ask many questions. Honestly, I was kind of afraid to. I didn’t want to find out too much information and convince myself that I still “wasn’t ready” when deep down, I knew I was.
We taught on our very first day and I still stand true that if I knew that going in, I would have been scared away. But ultimately, when it came time to teach the whole class on that first day, I was the first to stand up, volunteer and say I would kick things off. I was anxious, scared, and sure that I would mess things up but I also knew it would only get harder the more I put it off so I jumped right in. I continued with this mentality for the remainder of yoga teacher training and I’m so glad I did.
The idea of getting up in front of people became easier and easier. While I obviously came to know those faces staring back at me, that ease transferred over when I started teaching strangers. In fact, it was almost easier to teach a room full of strangers with a couple familiar faces scattered about. If you find yourself in a similar situation, whether it be your own yoga teacher training, a different schooling program, a situation at your job, or another opportunity in your life, I hope you find the courage to stand up against your fear and anxiety.
I have to admit that while I didn’t ask many questions, I do wish I asked if they were going to cap the class size. Shortly after I signed up, there were 7 or 8 of us in the training, but on that first day, people kept coming into the room and we started with 14. Over the course of the whole process, we lost 2 for various reasons. It’s so hard for me to say this because all of the women in my program are wonderful people who I really enjoyed spending my Thursday nights and Sundays with, I wish the group was smaller so we could have had the opportunity to get to know each other even more, to practice more to the whole group, and to get a little more one-on-one attention and feedback. It’s so hard for me to say that but ultimately, that was my biggest complaint of the whole thing.
One of my favorite things though were the weekends when we had workshops. They were generally open to other members of the studio, but it was an opportunity to expand my practice in new ways. We played around with other styles of yoga like restorative and yin, and then we challenged ourselves by working on arm balances and inversions. We were usually quite cashed after the workshop days, but they were also so much fun.
It was a lot of work, no doubt about that but I absolutely loved it. I loved getting to learn more about the history of yoga and how the yoga we know today is so different from the early years of yoga. I loved learning about the ethical practices of yoga and am constantly reminding myself to put them into play in my life, especially when I’m being challenged in some way. I love getting to build my own classes and find inspiration from those classes through things that are happening in my life, my community, the world around me, a song I like, or something else that gives me an idea to run with. I love that even as yoga teachers, we recognize that this journey isn’t over and we have to keep practicing and working at it ourselves. I love getting to wander the bookstore and find more books on yoga that I want to read and dive into. And I love knowing that I get to share my practice with others and help them discover just how transformative yoga can be in their own lives.
So what’s next?
I start teaching. I’ve been hired at a yoga studio in West Michigan and will be added to their schedule in a few weeks once we work on the right times. I hope to find more places to teach and/or sub so I can keep getting better and impacting others in a positive way.
Getting my RYT-200 has really inspired me to keep working towards my own goals and dreams. To know that I can accomplish anything that I set my mind to. Losing my job just a week before graduating from this program wasn’t a coincidence in my mind. I don’t know what the future has in store but I do know that I’m excited to find out, on and off my mat.
Do you have any questions about my YTT program/training?
Have you ever done an additional training program before?