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Year One: My yoga teacher journey

First of all, I know it’s been too long since I’ve updated the blog. Ever since we got back from our road trip (which I do plan to blog about), I’ve been teaching non-stop, AND Bear Shark has decided to not sleep at night anymore. Yay for terrible twos! I’ve hit a few walls in the last month, but I’m making some schedule adjustments for the summer which should serve my family – and my sanity – a lot better. On to the post… What an incredible year of change! Last May, I stepped fully onto the path from yoga student to teacher and made a complete career change and life change in the process. To date, I’ve taught over 200 classes with probably more than 200 different students. Never in my original career plan would I have thought I’d be standing before classes, leading students through yoga and connecting with other human beings in such a profound way. I thought I would have been more likely to be teaching advertising to college students than …

Sukha Yoga: Class of 2015!

The laughter. The tears. The dance parties. The sweat. The physical, mental and emotional exhaustion. The doubts. The support. The LOVE. We made it to the other side as YOGA TEACHERS and are joining a community of people who love and live this practice that permeates our everyday. Fourteen yogis walked into a room as strangers in May. It was like the scene in The Lord of the Rings when the hobbits meet the fellowship. We all sat around, wondering who each other was and what this journey would be like together. Over the 2.5 months of training, we stood before each other and put it all out there … to be received, to be heard, to be lifted, to be held. No matter where each of us started individually, we all found our voices. I found in all of my classmates (or litter mates, as Erinn Lewis calls us) something different, new and uplifting to learn. By proximity alone, I felt their enlightenment, their breakthroughs and their spirituality rub off on me. As Jenn Wooten told us on one …

Week 8 of Yoga Teacher Training: The capacity of our anatomy

The pic on the left was from a post I wrote in 2013, complaining about my tight shoulders and blaming it on my sports play. I’ve made a little progress in the last two years, getting my fingers a mere couple of inches from touching, but I don’t think they’ll see a full bind anytime soon. This past week in yoga teacher training, we spent a good deal of time with Jenn Wooten, talking about anatomy. I’ve been to workshops before where we focused on shoulder girdle and bone structure, and the bottom line has always been to work with YOUR particular set of bones, muscles and connective tissue. At one point, I must have accepted my reality, in theory, that my anatomy has limitations. However, I still went on doing the exact same exercises everyone else was and still wondering why I didn’t experience the same results. Ah, but Jenn made a point about something that never made it through my thick skull before. Because of my specific anatomy, not every approach will work for me. In the …

Week 6 of Yoga Teacher Training: Sequencing

With two classes under my belt and two more that I’ll be teaching next week, I’m starting to feel a rhythm in my process – in how I think about poses and how they link together, also in how I design the arch of a class. In Week 6 of yoga teacher training, we’re focusing on sequencing. The beauty of studying under Erinn Lewis for my yoga teacher training is that she is poetic in her sequences. She brings an energy and a spirit to her class that I have really only experienced with a handful of other teachers. Her flows are intelligent, seamless, challenging and uplifting. I was observing one of her classes the other day where I’m scribing the poses. She had a sequence of 22 poses on one side, and then they repeated all 22 on the other. Twenty-two poses on paper looks like a LOT and seems overwhelming. However, when you watch the flow in action, they were all interconnected. It didn’t FEEL like 22 endless poses but rather like a dance. As a beginner …

Week 5 of Yoga Teacher Training: Hands-on assists

In this fifth week of training, we are really starting to get hands-on with students by assisting in classes. For the past few weeks, we’ve been breaking down poses in great detail to talk about alignment, verbal cues to get into the postures and observing bodies. With that knowledge, we worked on ways to either verbally assist (roll your hip up and out, step feet wider, etc.) or physically assist with our hands. Erinn reminded us to trust our intuition and draw from our personal experiences in poses, and that helped a lot to think about what a posture feels like in my own body. What was it like to broaden through the chest or rotate my ribs? How did it feel when my hips were properly stacked and my foot was flexed? What kind of touch or pressure worked for me from my teachers when I received assists? At first, giving assists came with much hesitation. I don’t want to hurt someone else. I also don’t want to accidentally tickle them or get them off balance. It’s a …

Yoga teacher training: The teaching high

The excitement! Of learning to stand! And… Face planting. Way to go, Bear Shark! A post shared by Terri (@findingdrishti) on May 19, 2015 at 6:03pm PDT Last week, my fellow yoga teacher-in-training Krista and I led our first class with four willing and able friends who were completely new to yoga. They were so new, in fact, that we brought mats for them because none of them owned one. It was such an honor to share yoga with them. When we finished our class, I went home on such a high. For one, we didn’t completely fall on our faces. It could have very well been a class where we left them in child’s pose for 5 minutes while we gathered our thoughts. A few stumbles here and there in communicating what we meant, but overall, the class went smoothly. I watch in awe and wonder as my younger son is learning to stand and take his first steps. He’s been practicing a lot by cruising furniture and/or holding our hands. He’s coming up on …

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