Yoga Teacher Training Trial Weekend

by tinareale on December 11, 2013

Last week I let you all in on the fact that I was taking a trial yoga teacher training weekend this past Saturday and Sunday. Quite a few of you said you wanted to hear all about it, so I’m here to share today.

The weekend kicked off Saturday morning bright and early with registration at 7 am.

There were about 30 of us in attendance and we each got assigned our class for the morning – either the 8 am Hot 1 class or the 10 am Power 1 class. We each took one class, then observed the other class. I was assigned to take the hot class at 8 am, then observe the 10 am power class.

I normally attend the power classes at this studio so it was really neat to try out the hot class. Not surprising, I loved it and now plan to include the hot class in my normal rotation. After getting extra hot and sweaty for an hour and a half, we got a 30 minute break. I downed some coconut water and refreshed a bit before heading in to the 10 am Power 1 class to observe.

Bethany strongly believes in her yoga teacher training students being involved in the studio. For that reason, you are jumping in to the classes from the get go – taking them with other students and then observing a live class while learning some hands on adjustments in the process. While observing the 10 am class, I had the chance to go alongside the instructor and see pose adjustments and even try a few simple ones under her supervision. Very cool! I thought standing around in a hot room for another 1.5 hours would be exhausting, but the energy of the room and learning things from a teacher’s perspective was so interesting and the time flew by!

From there, we had a longer lunch break and time to shower. I had the chance to talk with other people going through the training weekends and to talk more with some of the instructors about the full teacher training process (something I had already been doing for at least a month). After our break, we had a few hours left in the afternoon for some study and more in depth work on poses.

We did a brief overview of some of the Yoga Sutras. Then, we played around with some standing postures, learning about the importance of external and internal rotation and some of the intricate details of proper alignment in poses and what they do for the body in certain standing postures. We also practiced what it is like to teach the Sun Salutation A and B series. At the end of each afternoon I was left wanting more. Obviously, you can’t get too in depth when you’re cramming a 6 month program into such a short time.

Sunday was a similar format, but started a bit later in the morning. It was so nice to sleep in after a full day Saturday. We all had to be there for the 10 am Power 2 class with Bethany. I regularly attend this class since we go to church in the evening and it is one of my favorites. I thought I would be tired after Saturday, but I ended up having a really good feeling practice, which was awesome.

Once again, after class we had a break for showers and lunch, then spent the afternoon in more study. This time we did a brief overview of the skeleton and talked about the first three chakras (energy centers of the body). We practiced the Sun Salutation A and B series again as well. Then, the weekend was over and I was sad to see it end.

But not too sad because…I officially signed up for the 200 Hour Teacher Training program! Gulp! I have had my name on the reservation list for a few weeks but wanted to go through a trial weekend before fully committing. I am just a sucker for learning and love to share knowledge with fitness, so it feels like a natural step for me and something I would regret if I didn’t do it.

So, there you go. Kind of crazy but I’m excited to take this journey. I also plan to share a bit more next week on what brought me to this point with yoga (crazy to think I’ve been doing it almost 4 years and didn’t even realize it!) so let me know if you have any questions. I’m so excited!


1 lindsay December 11, 2013 at 7:06 am

yay!!! so excited for you! you will be a great teachers!

2 MizBeAWalker December 11, 2013 at 7:08 am

Im so excited to watch you do this and to take the journey along side you.


3 Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean December 11, 2013 at 7:09 am

ahhh congrats lady! you’re gonna make an amazing teacher!

4 Glenneth December 11, 2013 at 7:13 am

yeah!!!! so excited for you! can’t wait to hear all about your teacher training!

5 Amanda December 11, 2013 at 7:31 am

So excited for you .. I completed my teacher training in May and have been teaching ever since. It was such a wonderful experience during which I learned so much about myself and met so many new friends! All the best!

6 Tina December 12, 2013 at 6:34 am

Thanks so much! That is very encouraging to hear and I hope I get the chance to find a place to teach following my program too. I get excited just thinking about it. :)

7 Linz @ Itz Linz December 11, 2013 at 7:51 am

very cool!!

8 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 11, 2013 at 7:52 am

yay! How exciting! It sounds like a great weekend and I’m sure the energy and experience was enough to make the full training sound amazing! :)

9 clare @ fitting it all in December 11, 2013 at 7:59 am

SO awesome! I’d definitely love to do this!

10 Brittany (Healthy Slice of Life) December 11, 2013 at 8:03 am

I love this!! I think it’s a huge commitment, but something I’d love to consider in the future as well. So excited for you and this journey and hope to hear more about it! Go Tina!!

11 Coco (@Got2Run4Me) December 11, 2013 at 8:07 am

I think this will be a fantastic next step for you, and of course your future students will be so lucky!

12 Lee December 11, 2013 at 8:14 am

That’s awesome!

13 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast December 11, 2013 at 8:27 am

Wow, congrats!! That is so, so exciting!

14 Shel@PeachyPalate December 11, 2013 at 9:04 am

Yay!!! Well done! You’ll be an awesome yoga instructor I’m sure! Lots more alternative workouts to share in the future!

15 Tina December 12, 2013 at 6:35 am

Definitely plan to include some the more I learn. :)

16 Jana @ Happy Wife Healthy Life December 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

Wow congratulations Tina, that is so exciting! It would be awesome to have some yoga includedin Best Body Bootcamp eventually! ;)

17 Tina December 12, 2013 at 6:42 am

It’s a possibility and something that, yes, I’ve already thought about. Haha!

18 Sarah @ Blonde Bostonian December 11, 2013 at 9:33 am

Congratulations Tina! Yoga teacher training always sounded so interesting to me. You’re going to be an amazing teacher.

19 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries December 11, 2013 at 10:08 am

So awesome!!! Congratulations! Looking forward to hearing more about it! :)

20 Becky December 11, 2013 at 10:28 am

That is so exciting! I have been wanting to get into yoga for a while now, but I am not a member of a gym or anything at this time. I am hoping the Hubs and I can find one soon that fits into our budget! I can’t wait to hear how everything goes!

21 Tina December 12, 2013 at 6:36 am

Thanks for the encouragement, Becky! And there are many yoga streaming sites online that are great resources. YogaGlo, YogaVibes, Yoga Download, Reflexion Yoga, My Yoga Online. Many are affordable and also offer free classes/instructional videos as well.

22 Stephanie @ My Freckled Life December 11, 2013 at 11:27 am

That is so exciting! I can’t wait to hear more about it. I’ve been loving yoga lately, but have never really been able to view yoga practice from a teacher’s perspective, so I am really excited to hear you share this journey!

23 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions December 11, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Wow! Congratulations, Tina! It’s been cool to see your develop more of a love for yoga over the past year or so, and I’m excited for you to take this next step in your fitness and yoga journey! Best of luck to you :)

24 Tina December 12, 2013 at 6:37 am

It’s crazy how I have been doing it for almost 4 years but always as a once or maybe twice a week supplement to other training. When I started running less this past year, yoga became the natural supplement (since its the main other form of exercise that gives me that physical AND mental release). I’m definitely loving it!

25 Ang @ Nutty for Life December 11, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I am so excited for you! Yoga teacher training sounds intense, but I think it will be totally worth it! I definitely admire your attitude about it. Seems like a wonderful next step.

26 Tina December 12, 2013 at 6:38 am

Definitely going to be intense but I know I’m going to love it. And having support from awesome folks like yourself here will mean the world to me. :)

27 Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's December 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Good luck and congrats!

28 Kierston December 11, 2013 at 2:16 pm

So exciting! Wishing you nothing but the best in your new venture! xo

29 Jolene December 11, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Ahhh I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU! You are such a natural and this sounds like the perfect and most natural next step for you!! I can’t wait to hear all about it :) XO

30 Tina December 12, 2013 at 6:38 am


I really can’t wait for it!

31 kristen @ livinlifeinlouie December 11, 2013 at 6:30 pm

congrats! I have never tried hot yoga but have heard great things about it. Maybe one day :)

32 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat December 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Congratulations Tina, this is awesome!! I think you’re going to make an amazing yoga teacher. Good luck with the training and I can’t wait to hear how it goes!

33 Danielle December 11, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Congrats Tina! I’m excited for you. Please continue to update us as to how the training goes! Best of luck :)

34 Tina December 12, 2013 at 6:39 am

I definitely will. This blog will still be a lot of personal training/workouts and some life stuff…so yoga will definitley fit into that. ;)

35 Lauren @ sassy molassy December 12, 2013 at 12:00 am

That’s awesome, Tina! I would love to do yoga teacher training someday. Perhaps in a year or two… we’ll see.

36 Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty December 12, 2013 at 11:45 am

Congrats Tina! You’re going to be an excellent yoga teacher some day! :)

37 tinareale December 13, 2013 at 6:20 am

Thanks, Shawn! I’m excited for what the future may hold.

38 Christine @ Love, Life, Surf December 18, 2013 at 12:32 am

Oh Tina!!! I’m so so excited for you! It is such an incredible journey and process – you make me wish that I was starting all over again! I can’t wait to hear more about it. You are going to be an amazing teacher.

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