Diary of a Trainee Yoga Teacher: Week One – Being Fearless and Fearing Less

Diary of a Trainee Yoga Teacher: Week One – Being Fearless and Fearing Less

In the blink of an eye, I’m in New York and the first week of my Yoga Teacher Training at YogaWorks is done. I had planned to document each and every day of my training on this blog, ha, I now know I would have to be some kind of super human to find the time for that, or at least forgo a lot of much needed sleep.

I can’t remember the last time I learned so much, to be honest I’m not sure I ever learned so much so fast in my life, but because it’s interesting and because it’s being presented so incredibly by our trainer Heather Seagraves and because I’m surrounded by such an amazingly supportive and diverse group of people, for the most part all of this information is being absorbed.

We are learning anatomy – did you know that your sitting bones are called your ischial tuberosities? I love those words so much. We are learning Sanskrit – did you know that the word for your big toe in Sanskrit is Padangustha?! We are learning to understand, support and help each other. We are learning philosophical ideas that are 5000 years old and still apply to this crazy world we live in today. And most importantly – we are learning Yoga. Everything I thought I knew about yoga and where my mind and body belongs in yoga – turns out I was mostly wrong.

Enough gushing about how wonderful this course is and how wonderful the people are etc. There have been challenges too – the amount of information is huge and the amount of homework every evening is huger than I expected. So finding time and finding balance between this course becoming everything I think about is also tricky but important for my sanity. The time difference between New York and home is tricky, by the time I finish training every day it is 10:30pm at home and everyone is asleep or going to sleep. The neighbours at my Airbnb are tricky, I have never witnessed such terrible neighbours who stay up most nights until 4am playing music and being crazy. Don’t they know I need to be up at 6am to finish the reading I didn’t quite manage to keep my eyes open for the night before?! So I bought ear plugs and am mostly adjusting.

So after week one I am feeling pretty good. I’m not ready to teach a class of students yet, but I’m getting there. We are going to be learning about inversions towards the end of week two and I cannot wait for that. I’m going into week two of this experience fearless, there’s a lot to learn and there’s a lot to improve but if I can’t be fearless within this supportive environment – when can I be?

I think I’m beginning to understand why people say that doing your yoga teacher training can be a life changing experience and I cannot recommend more that you be fearless and take time out of your normal life to choose to learn something you want to know about – it’s really enriching.

More next week I expect – though during this course I have learned that what I expect may not necessarily be what happens, so we will see.

Have a great week.


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