Yoga Teacher Training
Well I cant believe that I finally completed my Drishti Yoga Teacher Training course! It was definitely the most intensive training I have ever done in my life! Fun, absolutely, but hard at the same time!For about a year before the course, I had been practising half of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Primary Series on the beach almost every morning, but that was nothing to what was expected on the course!! It was good though, in a short time I definitely saw a change in my strength, flexibility, balance and mostly patience when I meditated!!!
A typical teaching day...
7.00am - 8.00am Medication and discussion: Each day was a different meditation technique, which varied from counting the breath, to visualising a bird cage! The aim was to meditate for 30 minutes in slience, then write short notes about the experience, which was followed by a discussion about how we felt and if the technique worked for us! From the start I enjoyed the practice, but as with everything some days were more challenging than others! 8.00am - 9.30am Ashtanga/Vinyasa practice: A wonderfully invigorating way to start the day!
9.30am - 10.30am Wonderful breakfast
10.30am - 1.00pm Teaching Practice: After lunch was the time dedicated to teaching practice, we had a fantastic demonstration of the correct way to come in and out of each asana, also learning what muscles are stretched, strengthened and reasons not to do the posture, as well as how to give adjustments. For me the best part of the course was from the first day we were teaching, one asana at a time to the other students! I think this gave us all confidence from the start!
1.00pm -2.30pm Wonderful Yummy Lunch! I was luckily enough to receive an amazing gluten and dairy free menu for the duration of the course, by Esteban the fantastic chef at samana chakra
2.30pm - 4.00pm Philosophy: This was the most suprising part of the course, as I thought it would be very heavy, especally after trying to read the yoga Sutras by myself, I thought it would be very hard to understand. Sarah did an amazing do teaching us about the Chakras, Doshas, Medication Techniques, Yoga Mudras and the Yoga Sutras! I honestly dont think I have ever been so emotionally challenged either! At times it seemed like a group counselling session! I think we all shared a tear or two during the classes! I learnt a lot about myself, my reactions and why I am who I am. I was already interested in the chakras, but it was given me a different look at them, and their importance!
4.00pm - 5.00pm Afternoon Practice: The afternoon classes gave us an understanding and experience of a variety of yoga, such as Yin, Hatha, resorative and Iyengar. I really enjoyed the afternoon yoga classes a lot!
5.00pm - 6.00pm Anatomy: A really enjoyable class, not only did we learn the obvious things you would expect in an anatomy class such as the bones, muscles used etc in relation to yoga, but we also learnt a great deal about why some people find a posture more dificult that another person, and often it comes done to more than just flexibility or strength, but their genes and... contraction and compression! extremely interesting and fun class!
I just cant believe it is over! Even thought it was challenging at times, it was definitely the best decision I have ever made! I just hope to continue with my yoga and who knows maybe hopefully teach one day too!!
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