I survived my first week of yoga teacher training. It wasn’t easy, and I’ve already learned a lot about myself. Here’s how it went:
Yoga-teacher training orientation fell on the same day I flew back from the East Coast. I had woken up at 5:30 a.m. Eastern to get to Baltimore from Alexandria. I then had a four-hour layover in Detroit before finally landing around 4:15 p.m. Needless to say, by the time I had it to yoga training at 6 p.m. I was exhausted.
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We started our Sunday discussing the Power of Intention with Rebecca Fritz. I had never considered the difference between goals and intentions, so it was enlightening to see a new way of looking at things. Goals are more limiting and reasonable, while intentions are limitless. You have to “believe in the magic.” Intentions are appealing to me because I’m working on being a more positive person and changing my thoughts. This is one of the most important concepts I want to incorporate off the mat.
We then moved into the big studio for time with Debra applying the anatomy concepts to yoga. We talked others into various poses using anatomy terms such as internal rotation, adduction, abduction and flexion. It was difficult to think in those terms but I know it will be beneficial. Also, having to explain poses to the class gave us practice in public speaking. We got more of that in our time with Roz, who had us lead the class into poses. Initially the class would give out small adjustments without actually giving the major instructions that get someone into a pose. This was a good exercise to learn that it’s important first to talk someone into the pose and then adjust. Next time we’ll have to know the cues for the poses we went over so that we can talk others into them without notes.
Again, I went home exhausted. Yoga has consumed my thoughts all weekend. And it likely will for the next 11 weeks. On to Week 2 …