Why were you inspired to do this?
I have been practicing yoga since 1999 but only a few years ago began to see yoga as a way of life. I was fortunate enough to be taking regular classes from a few very good teachers in Southern CA who were incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring within different branches of yoga. I wasn’t employed at the time as my husband and I had moved from the east coast where I left my career. I was desperately trying to figure out what I really wanted to do with my life and Marty (husband) suggested I be a yoga instructor. My initial reaction was to think and say I could never be as good as the teachers I was learning from but I slowly opened up to the idea, realizing that judgment and letting go of your ego is an essential part of yoga and self study.
What were 3 things you did to make this happen?
First I looked up different types of teacher trainings. I found they were expensive and a huge time commitment over a long period. I decided to start with an introduction to teacher training which took place over a long weekend. I realized right away that I wasn’t in the place I should be and that I needed to make a long term commitment to a training program to obtain the type of knowledge I thought was essential regarding the practice of yoga.
Then, I made a commitment. We ended up moving back east and I enrolled in 7 month program for certification in Hatha Yoga which ended in March 2009. Making the time commitment to be present for the trainings and the required weekly practices is huge. Then there is the books and studying. It was a full time job.
Lastly, study, practice, study… I was consumed with yoga; it was my life during the training. I put a lot of effort into reading and understanding the required texts. There were 17 books on the reading list. I was never a great student and this was challenging for me. But, my interest level was high and no doubt that is was made the achievement possible. The final exam was 15 questions requiring very specific knowledge in essay form. I spent about 40 hours over four months completing it.
How did you feel once you had accomplished this?
So relieved! Yoga is a lifestyle, the journey is never ending and I felt like I was just getting started. I look forward to continuing my path as a teacher but more importantly as a student.
Additional notes and tips:
I am grateful to my teacher, Kim, who provided our teacher training class with the tools we needed to transform our lives and become knowledgeable teachers. Who you choose as your instructor in teacher training is incredibly important. Be sure to get suggestions or advice from a yoga instructor you trust before enrolling in a teacher training. I wasn’t the type to ask for help and, I didn’t ask, I got lucky.