Yoga training: Conclusion
This was our last weekend in the teacher training course, and I've come to realize I'm not able right now to pursue a certification. I need to register a certain number of hours on the mat (alone and working with students) and I haven't the time or energy right now to do that.
"I loved training. It's been an amazing journey," reflects student Debbie Miranda. "I learned a lot about myself and how to be patient with myself. I've learned it's OK."
I loved it too, but there are certain things I took to easily about the course, and other parts that I found very difficult. It gets harder to absorb new things when one is older, and also obligated to so many other responsibilities in daily life!
I like the intensity of study, learning about energy flow, breathing techniques, and the science behind yoga. I like the spiritual component, and opening my eyes to the larger lifestyle of yoga and Ayurveda. I like becoming part of a yoga community, making new friends who share a similar mindset with me.
I disliked the study of anatomy, which is extremely interesting but not easy for me. It matters, because I'd need to correct students' postures to avoid injury or to understand how a certain pose affects certain muscles.
I'm sure I could get into this in a different time of my life, but that time is not now, and I'm OK with that. I still really got value out of this course.
It empowered me to set up a home yoga practice which I can access at my leisure. It taught me about the power of intent, and that your thoughts become your actions and your actions become you. I'm more Zen, to borrow an American shorthand.
Most of the students will go on to get certified. Two have already completed their requirements!
Kazusa Flanagan is one of those two students who got certified on our last day of class and speaks to the transformative quality of the teachings. "Before teacher training, yoga was a hobby. Now, yoga is part of my life. I live for yoga."
Our teacher, Amanda Webster, was ever encouraging at my revelation. "You'll do it when you're ready," she pronounced. Yes, perhaps I will.
She still gave out the course completion certificates. When we finish the requirements, she'll sign it. It feels like semi-graduation! It was still exciting!
Until then, I appreciate having the tools to go forth and keep finding my balance. As Swami Satchidananda said, "We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves... We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil."
More about this yoga course at shivatreeyoga.com.