Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Yoga Teacher Training: July Update

This weekend of Yoga Teacher Training was outstanding and rich with learning and new experiences.  My teaching team, the Fantastic Fiddleheads lead the Saturday morning class.  While Janet and Martin lead the class with the theme of "The Wizard of Oz", Kristin and I provided assists and checked alignment.  Looking after our fellow teachers in training to ensure alignment and safety in the poses and helping them to make the most of each pose was more rewarding (and less scary) than I expected.

We also spent time learning anatomy of the spine with Ann Brett, who is a physical therapist and yoga instructor. Her perspective was simple and practical and will be invaluable in my own practice and as teacher.   

Saturday evening Eddie Nataraj lead a Kirtan which was a lot of fun, and a great way to wrap up a day that started with poses that opened our hearts (even for the Tin Man), required courage and eventually taught us, there is NO place like home OM.

Sunday began with another class lead by the Dirga Dudes teaching team.  I am humbled, and simulatenously filled with pride for my fellow students, many of whom are teaching for the first time.  It is an honor to experience teaching at such a high level this early in our training.

We wrapped up the weekend with slack line yoga, taught by Meaghen Minogue.  This was truly a blast!  I have tried slackline with my climbing friends, but yoga poses on the slackline was something I never actually imagined I could do myself.  You can learn more about it from Yogaslackers.  I think a slackline at Hangman Hill is inevitable.

This Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) experience has been more than imagined. I am so grateful to Tricia McAvoy for offering this opportunity (and so glad I helped plant the seed several years ago).  I owe a great deal of thanks to my fellow teachers in training, they have have taught me so much.  It has been a great experience getting to know them and learning from each other, I didn't realize how important and invaluable they would be to my experience.  Finally, I am so thankful to Bruno for his support through this year, and for taking up the slack at home, and especially now in the garden.


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