I can’t believe that it’s been just over a week since my yoga teacher training graduation at Yoga For All Beings! When I first signed up last summer, January felt SO far away, and I didn’t have a ton of expectations about what I’d be getting out of the experience. I was honestly just hoping to deepen my own practice and replicate the awesome feelings I felt every time I stepped onto the mat. Teaching would just be the cherry on top of the sundae.
All throughout my training, I’ve received TONS of questions from friends, family, co-workers, and acquaintances about my intentions for my certification. So, I thought I would address these questions and then share some exciting news.
1. “So, you’re probably like, really good at yoga now?”
I assume this question is about the physical practice of yoga, asana, so I will address that.* Sorry to burst your bubble, but I’m not “really good” at yoga. I can’t do super cool inversions if that’s what you’re after. BUT, I am way more flexible than I was a year ago, my balance has improved tremendously, and I can even (sometimes) hold crow pose for a few seconds!
*Side note: yoga is about SO much more than the physical practice!
2. “You can do handstands, right?”
Kind of a continuation of the first question, but no, I can’t do handstands in the sense that you’re thinking of. I can, however, do a restorative handstand which a fellow yogi taught me, which is super amazing. If you ever want to try it, let me know and I’m happy to walk you through! I also have started to kick myself into a handstand at the wall. Small steps to big steps.
3. “Are you going to teach yoga part-time at a gym?”
I don’t know. I really don’t. Maybe. For now, I’m going to continue practicing on my own, practice teaching friends, and see where it takes me. It’s very possible. I mean, if you would’ve asked me 2 years ago if I would ever consider a training like this, I would’ve had a completely different answer. Moral of the story, don’t rule anything out.
4. “I can’t do yoga, I’m not flexible, and it’s too slow paced for me.”
This is probably one of the most common misconceptions to yoga. All I can say to this one is that you don’t need to be flexible to practice yoga, you practice yoga to become flexible. It’s not going to happen overnight, but if you give it time, your body will adapt. My pain has lessened tremendously since I started to practice regularly and it definitely has to do with the continued stretching and the strengthening of the core. And for those of you who think yoga is too slow paced for you, you probably need to it the most. 🙂 It’s good to slow down once in awhile and be in the present moment.
5. “That’s cool you’re doing yoga – I should do more stretching.”
So, this may just be a personal pet peeve of mine, but yoga is about SO MUCH more than stretching, or getting into a really cool pose. This is definitely another post for another time, but yoga also includes meditation, breath work, study, and yes, chanting. Again, another post for another time, but just know that there’s a whole world of yoga beyond a hot power vinyasa class.
6. Which brings me to – “So… do you chant?”
Yes and no. I don’t include it in my own personal practice. However, if one of my teachers happens to invite the class to chat along with them, I always do. There’s something beautiful and powerful that happens when a class comes together and you hear the sounds and feel the vibrations. That said, to each their own! No one will ever force you to chant if it doesn’t feel right to you.
So there you have it – answers to my top asked questions regarding teacher training. If you have any other questions or are thinking of enrolling in a teacher training yourself, I’d be happy to help!
And now for the exciting news – I’m teaching my very first community class on Feb. 19 at 1 p.m. at Yoga For All Beings! While I’ve already taught my fellow teacher trainees and instructors during our last week (as well as a few friends for practice), this will be my very first public class. I’d love for you to join!
See you on the mat!