A few thoughts on completing yoga teacher training:
I can’t believe I now get to say I am a yoga instructor. I am so grateful for all the excellent and patient instruction I received at Sonic Yoga in New York City. I could not have asked for a more balanced, honest, and challenging course. In particular, I am grateful for the degree to which the instructors grounded all their teaching in the historical context of yoga and relied on ancient texts to inform their practice. As I now attempt to make my way as a yoga instructor in our western, secular culture, this will help keep me grounded so I don’t get too carried away with the less “yogic” aspects of the business (ie $200 fancy yoga pants).
I also can’t believe that I completed the full 200 hours of training in my second trimester of pregnancy. It all seemed so simple at 13 weeks. By 18 weeks I felt like a scene from “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” The simplest of movements became uncomfortable, seemingly overnight, and the degree of fatigue was profound. Waking up at 6 am to begin another day of high intensity yoga started to feel unbearable. I had my doubts. Fortunately, due to the encouragement of husband, teachers, and fellow students, I persevered.
More so than the encouragement I received to keep going, the power of yoga itself propelled me forward. Beginning the first 90 minute class each am was a little agonizing. My wrists hurt, my knees hurt, I think I actually started snoring in Down dog once! But posture by posture, breath by breath, yoga brought me back to life. By the end of the first 90 minutes I felt alive and vital and so happy to be there. I don’t mean to get weird on you, but I do think yoga releases a little bit of magic into the body which keeps me going on a regular basis.
What I mean with all this personal talk is that if there is any woman out there who is pregnant and being told she can’t do an “intensive” yoga teacher training, don’t let anyone talk you out of it! Listen to your body and your baby, make the necessary adjustments to your practice, and let yoga bring you all the strength, energy, and encouragement you need to persevere. You can absolutely do this!
Finally, I can’t believe that my training is all over and I now need to find work. It feels a little like the day after graduating with a liberal arts degree. Once you leave the incubator of school you are suddenly released into a world as varied and broad as it is full of potential. Where to start? All of a sudden I am being asked questions I have never contemplated before.: “What is my brand?””Who is my demographic?” Hmmm, well, I didn’t know I had a demographic. At first glance this is all feeling a little overwhelming; the dry mouth, curl up in a fetal position kind of overwhelming. But, if I do a Downward Facing Dog and try to see it from another perspective, it is really just an exercise in creativity. I have, for the first time in my life, the opportunity to be completely creative and open minded about where I take my career. The only one placing limits on me at this point in time is myself. So, off to the good old note pad to make some lists, maybe a few doodles, some pros and cons columns, and the occasional wish list. Lets see what we can put together here!