I have been receiving a lot of questions about how yoga teacher training is going. Â So I am going toÂ introduce a special weekly series for the duration of my yoga teacher training. Â To keep you all updated and hopefully Â inspire some of you to pursue your own practice or even your own teacher training!
Yoga teacher training started thisÂ past Friday and so far my excitement for the training is trumping all otherÂ emotions. I have been trying to take Â teacher training for a couple years now, but as we walk through the syllabus and dig into subjects I know that now is the right time — each year my practice and knowledge of yoga has grownÂ and i’m afraid if I would have taken training earlier on I would have been overwhelmed by all the content.
A glimpse of yoga teacher training week 1:
- Started each class with a 2 hour asana (posture) practice
- Ended each day with a meditation or light practice
- Learned about the history of yoga – with a special emphasis on the roots of Iyengar and Ashtanga and how it came to the US.
- Broke down a handful of different poses including proper alignment, lines of energy, benefits of the posture, common injuries, adjustments, alternatives for different levels, use of props and more.
- Began covering the basics of anatomy – learned about our bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and how they all work together
- Lots of reading from handouts and the lovely books you see above
- I started a yoga journal
Â Favorite quote from week 1:Â Â What is Yoga?Â “The yoking of all the powers of the body, mind, and soulâ€¦It means the disciplining of the intellect, the mind, the emotions, the willâ€¦ it means a poise of the soul which enables one to look at life in all its aspects evenlyâ€ Mahadev Desai describing what yoga is.
Want to learn more about yoga – check out “The Basic Styles of Yoga”