Yoga Teacher Training Journey Begins

I officially completed my first weekend of Yoga Teacher Training at Ekahi Center with Naresh, Shirley, Siri, and me (teaching anatomy).  Six more weekends to go!  It might seem strange that I am only now completing my training but as a friend once said to me just after we opened Ekahi, “You won’t be taking a yoga class for years.”  It was almost true!  With starting the new business it was difficult to find time to take many classes – much less find time to do the training.  I finally decided that there wasn’t a “good time” to embark on this journey.  I could spend the rest of my life coming up with excuses.  Now was the time to begin my journey into yoga teacher training.

It is interesting being on the student-side of our training.  I used to watch people transform from the training and wondered what caused this transformation.  I was pretty certain that it wasn’t from me yammering away about atoms, cells, molecules, tissues, and organs but I never really saw the “other side.”  Now I get it!  Naresh, Shirley, and Siri are dedicated and compassionate teachers with deep experience in their respective areas.  They (we) all love teaching.  By the end of the second day, I was exhausted but also energized.  I learned about the history of yoga, some asanas and their Sanskrit names, we learned some breathing techniques, we practiced some meditation, and I taught some anatomy.  

I always knew we had a robust curriculum and great teachers but I was surprised to feel the “transformation” so soon.  When I used to do yoga, I just struggled through most of the poses and begged for more child’s poses.  While I am still finding most of the poses in flow and hatha classes to be a significant challenge, I am starting to feel the benefits of most of the poses.  The first sign of transformation, though, officially happened last night.  I was tossing and turning in bed and I thought to myself, “I should do some yoga!”  I never thought I would see the day when the first thought I have when I am feeling some stress is “I should do yoga.”  Crazy.

I am noticing other little changes too.  This morning when I put my shoes on, I didn’t make those “Dad noises” as my kids call them.  Normally I look at my shoes like they are some adversary that I must overcome everyday.  Today my shoes and I reached a painless and noiseless understanding!  Transformation is truly underway!