The journey of becoming a yoga teacher.
As we head into Thanksgiving weekend, my heart is filled with gratitude for this yoga teacher training. We just finished our last weekend of learning assists from Lauren Slater, and I think we are all basking in the glow of gratitude and accomplishment as we helped each other with backbends and inversions.
Handstands were the most daunting, but the most exhilarating. For some, it was the first time doing a handstand since we were kids. For me, it was only my second time doing a handstand, after my first one a few weeks ago. So thank you Bryant and Imelda for your assists.
For everyone, it was liberating and empowering. The sheer joy and elation in the room was visceral, as we cheered each other on. This was the perfect culmination to the past few weeks of learning about assisting, as it involved trusting ourselves and our partners implicitly.
I remain grateful that the program has such amazing teachers with such positive energy and expertise that they are eager to share. We are also blessed to be able to take classes for free (space permitting) at all the Yoga Tree locations during the duration of our training. This enables us to try a variety of styles of yoga and check out different teaching methods. And, I’m grateful for the opportunity to help assist certain teachers. I know several of my classmates have already started assisting Darren at his Tuesday night classes at Grace Cathedral. What a great opportunity while we are still students to get some hands-on practice.
And, a shout-out to Darcy Lyon and Mark Morford for leading gratitude yoga workshops on Thanksgiving Day. What a great way to start Thanksgiving. I took Mark’s class and what a cornucopia of gratitude and fun it was. From the group hug at the beginning of class, to the accompanying music by a DJ, to shaking our groove thang between asanas, to Mark’s rhythmic, stream-of-consciousness teaching style, like a beat poet sharing little nuggets on gratitude, patience, presence, and tolerance for your relatives during the holidays — it was like being basted in hot, sweaty, gratitude gravy for two hours.
As we take a break from our teacher training program over Thanksgiving weekend, we can be proud of how far we’ve come since we started in September. And, we look forward to the rest of the training and what more we can learn.