Hey there. I guess I forgot about blogging for a little bit. I’ve had a lot on my plate lately and life’s been a bit crazy…but good crazy…because I started yoga teacher training =)
Actually, I’m more than half way done with YTT!!!
It feels so good to say that!!
I started practicing yoga when I was an undergrad and have been hooked ever since. For the past seven years, yoga has been my constant. My practice keeps me grounded, mindful, humble yet confident, and HEALTHY! Yoga has been an integral part of my health journey and has allowed me to honor my body, both physically and mentally. It inspires me to make healthy, positive choices each and every day.
Sharing this with others is something I knew I would always want to do eventually, but I took it as a sign of fate when I saw that every training weekend feel on the weekends I’m not scheduled to work, and I committed instantly!
It’s basically been life-changing. Other than literally taking up all of my free time (which, trust me, I’m a-okay with!), it’s really helped me discover my purpose. My philosophies on happiness, health, and wellness are synonymous, in a very large part, with the teachings of yoga and the teacher training has only reignited my desire to show others a natural path that honors and respects the body and I’m looking forward to sharing this with others!
So…what does YTT consist of?
Yoga teacher training is a 200 hour certification course through a Yoga Alliance registered yoga school. The training is divided into different categories :
- Techniques, Training & Practice – 100 hours
- Teaching Methodology – 30 hours
- Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics – 30 hours
- Anatomy & Physiology – 25 hours
- Practicum – 15 hours
Throughout the teacher training, we cover a variety of topics ranging from yoga poses, teaching techniques, and aspects of the yogic lifestyle :
- The 8 Limbs of Yoga
- Chanting and Mantras
- Anatomy, Physiology and Kinesiology
- Injury Management and Sequencing Around Injuries
- Human Energy and Chakra System
- Asana Labs for 109 Poses
- Contact Yoga
- Prenatal Yoga
- Restorative Yoga
- Yin Yoga
- Trauma Training
- Business Management
Physically, my yoga practice has improved since learning the correct alignment for each pose – I’ve grown stronger and more flexible and have begun to deepen my home practice with knowledge of sequencing.
But for me, it goes deeper than this. If you’ve ever met me, or if you’ve read here before, you know I’m super passionate about treating our bodies correctly and living a mindful life. Yoga is a lifestyle for me, and it’s been such an amazing experience for me to delve deeper into our energy systems and learn how to use yoga to bring balance and harmony into the spiritual body, as well as the physical body. I’m obviously excited to share this with others soon and begin to incorporate it into the blog =)
YTT grads out there… want to share any advice with me?
Do you (or have you ever wanted to) practice yoga?