So this is the 2nd to last yoga teacher training before we are done and I gotta say, I am feeling very bittersweet on the whole thing. I am excited to be completing this journey, but I am also sad that I will no longer get to see the people I have journeyed with on a regular basis.
We are now working on our sequencing and developing a full class sequence which is both super cool and a little daunting. I had the privilege of teaching for Memorial day (which I’ll talk about in a moment) and this weekend was super helpful in getting me prepared to teach. We were advised before the weekend started that we would work in groups of 3 and each person would take a section of the class sequence and teach it to the rest of the group. This is something that I have found to be natural to me. I enjoy teaching people and love watching them understand and grow their own knowledge.
Now onto my teaching experience for Memorial Day. I was super excited for this opportunity and was prepared for my class. When I woke up that morning, woah, was I a bundle of nerves! I was worried that no one would show up and then I was worried that too many people would show up. The latter happened. I ended up with 19 people in my class and while I was nervous at first, as soon as I started teaching, my nerves calmed down and I was able to rest in my knowledge and the culmination of a little less than 200 hours of training experience. Thankfully, no one got hurt :) and the little feedback I got from students was positive. I also had the privilege of having one student from the previous teacher training there and he was able to give me constructive feedback on my sequence and how I presented the class. I always try to be humble and grateful for feedback that is provided because it will only help me be better in the long run.
Back to YTT. After working on our sequences, we started to delve into Ayurveda which is considered to be the sister science of yoga. Ayurveda is basically the use of food as “medicine” to help with bodily ailments. There are 3 types of dosha’s which are a person’s natural predisposition towards the elements. There are Kapha’s which are your sturdy, reliable people, but who also have a hard time getting moving sometimes. Pitta’s are those people who are naturally motivated and driven, but can have too much fire and may be hard to reign in. And Vata which are those people who are airy light people who may need help bringing them back down to earth. Everyone is a mixture of all three doshas but they will be stronger in one or two. I, for example, am a Kapha/Pitta dosha so it means that while I am a motivated individual, I do have a hard time getting myself started, but I am organized and focused and I am a nurturer.
When learning about the dosha’s we also learned about how they are affected by the time of day, and the season. I won't get into more because I could talk about all of this till the cows came home, so I’ll end with this; If you are on the fence about taking this training, you should do it. Not only will you learn so much, but you will have a new skill that no one can ever take away from you. I am so grateful I went through this process because I feel more well rounded, and I have also grown so much over this time.