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Yoga Teacher Training: The Beginning

by Allie on December 11, 2013 · 12 comments

in Yoga Teacher Training

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**I’m going to be writing about my Yoga Teacher Training experience here. While I’ve been journaling for myself from the very beginning, I want to share my thoughts here with you all as well. I know many of you are interested in training and I’d like to have these posts to look back on later.

You may remember when I fell deeply in love with yoga last summer. It started as me wanting to maximize an unlimited monthly pass I got at a discount for being a new student. Before I knew it, I was craving yoga like I crave chocolate after dinner. Not only did it help me physically (prevent injury while marathon training and strengthen my core), I reaped the mental benefits as well. Most of the time, I left class with that all-is-right-in-the-world feeling.

Then I went on a two week trip and I put a hold on my pass (pay for an unlimited month but only go for 2 weeks? No thanks). When I returned home, I had a big exam to study for…and the holidays came…and then I started working…and that was the end of my yoga streak. Oops.

This past summer, my studio opened a second location and offered free classes to celebrate opening weekend. So I went to a class. Then they offered me a free week pass to “pardon their dust.” So I went to four classes that week. Then I got an awesome Groupon deal and went to ~3 classes/week for a month and a half.

I was back on the yoga train. Choo choo! I started loving it (again) more and more as I regained my core strength and flexibility. While I still stretched and did core exercises regularly, there are certain yoga-specific muscles that weren’t worked for several months. You know, those deeeeep ab muscles. I know you yogis know!

One week, I was the ONLY person who showed up for class so I got a private lesson. It was and still is to this day, the best yoga class of my entire life. It was the first class for that teacher at that studio (she taught for years in Colorado and DC), so we were total strangers.

At my “private lesson,” she spoiled me with adjustments/assists. She fixed and tweaked all my poses and corrected my form. I loved it. I was a little self conscious because I was dripping from head to toe (like, uhh did I remember deodorant? My heels are so dry and cracked. I need to towel off this sweat!!), but I figured as a yoga instructor, she was no stranger to it all, especially sweat!

She stands as my favorite yoga teacher and she makes me really look forward to class. For someone who isn’t always 110%-I-heart-yoga-all-the-time, that’s a big deal. Her spirit, her energy, the way she communicates, her alignment cues…and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I felt a high after that class like one I get after a 10 mile energizer-bunny run. The kind when I’m moving/thinking/talking a million miles an hour. The kind when I have uncontainable energy.

Meanwhile, the thought of yoga teacher training crept back into my mind. Not specifically after that class (I just wanted to tell you about it), but the few weeks before and after. I wanted to enhance my personal training skills—be able to help my clients stretch, learn more about anatomy/the body, etc. I wanted to work on my public speaking skills. I wanted to deepen my own practice. I wanted to grow as a person. I wanted to find direction/purpose.

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I contacted another teacher I met at a different studio this past year and told her I was interested in enrolling (we stayed in touch via Facebook even though I hadn’t practiced at that studio in months). She told me the program was full but to hold out for September 1st, the final commitment day for the trainees.

So I waited patiently. And on September 1st, after an amazing practice with the lady I had my private lesson with, I got an email from the yoga teacher training instructor (sorry if that’s confusing) asking if I was still interested in the program. There was one spot…for me!

I didn’t really have time to think about it (a blessing for someone who is quite indecisive when it comes to these kinds of things). I surrendered my credit card and before I knew it, I was officially a yoga teacher trainee. I had a brief moment of what the heck did I just get myself into?! But it soon passed as I realized I had been thinking about yoga teacher training for over a year and this was my opportunity. Knocking loudly at my door!

To be continued…

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Simply Life December 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Congrats! What an exciting new adventure!

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2 Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs December 12, 2013 at 12:45 am

Cool! Can’t wait to hear more about your new endeavour!

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3 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life December 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Sounds so exciting!! I can’t wait to hear more about your experience with it! It’s definitely something that I’ve been considering for the future.

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4 Emma @ Stripes and Snapshots December 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Wow that sounds amazing, I would love to become a yoga teacher, I really love yoga when I go, I just need to go more!

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5 Mabelle@ Dance, Love, Dine December 12, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Sounds so awesome! Loving the story already! Looking forward to hearing more about it!!

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6 Kori December 12, 2013 at 9:00 pm

Congrats, Allie! So happy for you!

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7 Madeleine December 13, 2013 at 2:23 pm

This is so great, and coming at a perfect time for me. I just started going to hot yoga classes once a week two weeks ago. I’m hooked! Do you primarily practice hot yoga, or regular? I would love to start going more than once a week, but it’s so darn expensive. The studio I attend offers a $5 class on Sundays, so I’ve been taking advantage of that, but have found myself (as you said) craving more studio time!

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8 Allie December 13, 2013 at 11:50 pm

Hi Madeleine! Glad you are enjoying yoga. My studios are hot, but not super hot. I’d say 80-90-ish degrees. Some teachers set the thermostat up to 95 degrees, but that’s a little high for my liking. It IS expensive, but totally worth it if it helps you.

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9 Jen@PregnantDiabetic December 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm

How exciting! Congrats on this new journey :)

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10 Rosey Rebecca December 19, 2013 at 6:30 pm

I’ve recently fallen in love with yoga all over again and have often thought about doing teacher training. I think it’s awesome that you’re going for it! Good luck and congratulations!! (p.s. I just found your blog by hitting the ‘blogs like mine’ button on bloglovin and am subscribing right now!)

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11 Megan (The Lyons' Share) December 31, 2013 at 4:40 pm

I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to hear about the adventures!

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12 becky April 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I really hope you finish this story!

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