Yoga Teacher Training: Day 1
For my month long Yoga Teacher Training, I'm going to keep a daily journal so anyone interested in knowing what goes on everyday can. I hope you enjoy and feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below.
If you don't want to read this whole post, I can sum it up for you in 5 words: "Holy crap, I am scared."
We were told to meet at the studio at 2 for a welcoming ceremony and I (of course) get there an hour early. My dad taught me that if your on time, you're late. Hopefully that will stick for our 7:30am starting time for the rest of the month. So I got a juice and hung out with the sacred cow, Angelique, getting myself so excited for the month ahead of me. Yoga, all day every day. I will learn more about the asanas (which are the postures you do in a yoga class) but I will also get to learn about the mental and spiritual side of it all.
My nine classmates trickle in and there is such incredible diversity in the group! We have people from Chile, Ireland and Sweden just to name a few. The fact the class is taught in English and thats not their first language is amazing to me! Some seriously strong and brave people.
Our main teacher, Jolie, introduces herself and we all go around the room telling everyone a little about how we decided to sign up for yoga teacher training. The group is amazing and I cant wait to learn more about everyone.
One of the Balinese women who works in the studio then comes up and does a blessing for us. Before we came to the studio, she made a mandala of flowers and set up an offering to the gods. (Picture above) She took a flower dipped in water and dripped the water on each of us, then dabbed rice onto our foreheads and chests.
We were told to breathe out all of the negative feelings that we don't want to hold us back this month and breathe in our intentions and what we want to achieve. It may sound a little weird, but I think everyone could feel such an intense energy in the room, I know my eyes got a little watery. I let go of my fear that I am not good enough to be in the training, that I will fail, that I made the wrong decision in coming, that I have no idea what I am going to do after this month, and that my life wont turn out how I hoped. I have a lot of negative feelings to work through. I set my intentions to be to send love and comfort to those I left at home, to use this time to help me figure out my path in life and to enjoy everyday and the opportunity that I have to learn and grow. It was uncomfortable and liberating to face these feelings, even just thinking them to myself.
After our ceremony, we went over the schedule and what is expected of us. We will be meeting Monday - Saturday, from 7:30am - 5:00pm with two 1-hour breaks during the day. We will start each morning with meditation and two hours of asana class. The rest of the day will be broken up into lectures. We received more manuals and books to use throughout the month. At the end of the month to get our certification, we will have to teach a yoga class to the public and get a 70% on a 4 hour exam that is all in Sanskrit.
I knew it was going to be difficult and I did expect the heavy load, but seeing it in front of you is a whole new feeling. I am nervous and scared but also so determined to do my best and learn as much as I can. I know that by choosing to come to Bali for this month long course I am opening a brand new door for my future and I truly couldn't be more excited.
But that doesn't mean I'm not scared beyond belief. Hopefully, by posting here everyday, I can gain a little perspective and a month down the road, see how much has changed. I hope you enjoy this little roller coaster that will be my yoga teacher training, I know I'm looking forward to it.