On this eve of my graduation from my 300 hour advance teacher training, I reflect on all that I have learned and acquired these past several months.
The numbers surprise me:
500 HR Registered Yoga Teacher
3200 hours of teachers, over
6 official trainings
lots of continuing education workshops & conferences
And most importantly, the hundreds, no Thousands of students.
The students who carve time out of their lives to unroll their yoga mats in my classes. With faith and trust, they receive all that has been shared with me through my teachers. My students are all the kids, the seniors, the Pre-Natal moms, those who like it Hot or Not, the beginners and the experienced students. All of the students in the studios, in their homes, in corporate settings and community centers opened their hearts and minds to explore their practice with me.
I share with my students all of my experiences, my trainings, the philosophies & lineages I have studied and the fun of what can be found in a yoga practice.
This training was exhausting, patience testing, challenging and extremely rewarding.
Mostly, this yoga teacher training has been a family affair.
As chief cook and school lunch maker in my home, some of my domestic responsibilities were covered by my husband. After a full work week in the jungle, he cared for our home and our daughter while I spent hours learning Sanskirt and Shamanism.
I am grateful for his willingness to take part in the mundane tasks of parenthood and domestic bliss. It was beautiful to watch my daughter and him share time together, cook dinner for me and create their own special adventures.
As a parent, my schedule is always challenging and overwhelming. Without yoga, I would be cranky and stressed out like most suburban moms. Without teaching yoga, I would be much less of a person than who I am with it.
The gift of yoga has served me well.
The numbers and the paper of certification are part of the business of yoga. As I prepare for what comes next on this path, I look forward to new yogic adventures. More trainings, conferences and networking lunches of kale and chai are definitely on my calendar. And more students, who make me the teacher I am and bring me so much joy. Thank you.
See you on the mat.