The journey of becoming a yoga teacher.
This weekend was bittersweet as it was our last meditation class with Dina Amsterdam and our last sequencing classes with Mark Morford.
Dina guided us through a meditation and a short Yin practice. One of the techniques Dina has emphasized to us is the Cosmic Hug. I’ve been doing this in the mornings, and it engenders such warm and cozy feelings that it’s the perfect transition from sleeping to waking. One of my regrets is that I have not yet been able to make it to one of Dina’s Inner Yoga classes at Yoga Tree, but I hope to soon. Luckily, there are videos of her teaching on www.myyogaonline.com, like InnerYoga to support your immune system.
During the weekend, we got a bonus class with Lauren Slater, who was subbing for Mark on Saturday. In small groups, we took turns teaching the yoga classes we had sequenced for our homework. We continued this on Sunday, with Mark.
Working in the small groups, it was amazing to see the diversity of themes and asanas each of us had chosen. In my group, each of us had picked a different theme – one was gentle and nurturing, one was for pregnant women, one was warming and one was focused on lunar/Shakti energy – so it was like four classes combined into one. We also got to practice assisting again, which was helpful, as we are so close to being teachers now.
I know we are all looking forward to this last weekend of training, with advanced pranayama and then restorative yoga and massage. It will be a nice, relaxing change of pace and a connective way to end our training.
Self-pacing has definitely been one of the biggest challenges of this training program. With so many yoga classes to choose from, in order to fulfill our 50-hour requirement, and gratefully, getting them for free (for the most part) for the duration of the training, the temptation is to take as many as possible each week. But, it’s equally important, as we’ve all learned, to pace ourselves and give ourselves the rest we need between classes to integrate, and not to overdo it. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, after all.
In my small group on Sunday, we marveled at how connected our class has become, considering it’s such a large group. With all our weekend training classes; seeing each other at the yoga classes we take during the week; socializing afterwards; our Facebook group; and carpooling when we can, there are so many opportunities to connect.