The journey of becoming a yoga teacher.
This weekend was all about trust. In Darren’s class, as we explored how to deal with various types of injuries, we learned about some of the conditions and experiences of our classmates and teachers. I am grateful that we have cultivated a container of sharing that enables anyone to feel safe sharing anything. While we are a large class, there is a feeling of intimacy that facilitates this sharing.
Trust is also inherent in assisting, as we moved into learning about this part of being a yoga teacher this weekend. Lauren Slater’s positive energy and expertise made us feel more comfortable as we started doing hands-on assists with each other. While there can be some intimidation in assisting others, getting to practice with each other definitely makes it more comfortable. And, receiving an assist — and maybe for the first time feeling the most optimal stretch from a pose — is truly blissful.
There is also a reciprocity as we are assisting. There is a beautiful exchange of energy — as we expend our energy to help someone in a particular pose, they receive a sense of spaciousness, freedom and release. The gratitude felt by experiencing this new sense of spaciousness is then channeled back to the assistant. This energetic flow enhances the process of assisting and reminds us that just by making an effort to help another we are having some effect. That it doesn’t have to be perfect. That our intent is received energetitcally.
One of the most interesting parts of the weekend was coming into a circle and restating why we were inspired to take this yoga teacher training originally. While some of us still have the same intent – mostly to deepen our practice or to teach – some are just taking it day by day, going with the flow, which is probably the best way to approach it. To just let ourselves be open, with no attachment, to whatever comes out of this training. We are all growing from it in ways we probably don’t even realize yet.
For me, with so much uncertainty in my life right now, it is absolutely helping me stay grounded and just take things one day at a time.