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!