Our yoga teacher training program continues. We just came back from a two week break, which always seems to last longer than two weeks. I think that many of us are beginning to realize that the end of the program is approaching quickly, which seems to be bringing up a lot for many of us. Yesterday, as we began the sequencing segment of our training with Elise Lorimer, several people expressed a sort of nervousness that before we know it, we’ll be expected to be able to teach a full yoga class, replete with all of the pieces of knowledge that have been imparted upon us thus far. It’s so much! Elise assured us that our teachers want for us to succeed, and that things will start to really come together in this last major segment of our training. After just one day with her, I really believe this to be true.
Two weeks ago we completed our last anatomy segment with Harvey. It was really amazing to see it all come together in the end. I had anticipated a lot of anxiety about our final exam, as I really had no prior background in anatomy and as there is soo much about the body to know! But Harvey made it cohere in a way that I was very much impressed by, especially in relation to yoga. Taking some time to read the Anatomy of Movement book by Blandine Calais-Germain helped a lot too. He talked to us a bit about going on to the 500 hour training, and about ways that Yoga Tree might start having a college-style major system, so that people completing the 500 hour training can choose to major in an aspect of yoga, for instance, anatomy. It sounds like he’ll be spearheading the anatomy major in the future, which I feel really excited about.
Two nights ago we learned about women’s health and yoga from Britt Fohrman. Although we had already done an intensive on prenatal and postnatal yoga with Jane Austin, it quickly became apparent that there was so much more to learn in relationship to women’s health and yoga, ranging from the anatomy of the pelvic floor and particular poses, regardless of pregnancy to yoga and menstruation. She made an interesting point that for centuries, yoga was taught by men to men, without much regard for female anatomy. Today, the majority of yoga practitioners in the West are women, but many still learn yoga as it was designed for male anatomy. I had never really considered this, and was grateful for the insight. I left realizing that while this is true, and while much energy needs to go into this, there is even less regard in yoga worlds for people living outside of that gender binary, or for transgender people with different relationships to anatomy, hormones, visibility, and safety. I’m really interested in learning and thinking more about this, and I hope that when I go on to teach, that this can become a focal point in my practice.