Yesterday was my first Yoga Teacher Certification class! You may remember how excited I was a few months ago when I signed up. I suppose the day sort of snuck up on me because last night I was frantically running around my parent’s house trying to find the book I was supposed to bring. Can ya believe I misplaced the gem somewhere between the boxes, bags, and piles of our stuff at my parent’s, the house we’re currently staying at down the street, and our partially moved into apartment? hm.
Anyway, I didn’t find the book and even after telling myself it was okay and that it’s good practice for me to “let go” I dreamt about it and woke up early to look some more. The search was futile. I took a deep breath and confidently ran out the door and drove to class. As it turns out, it wasn’t a big deal I didn’t have the book. I figured yoga people would be pretty forgiving about it, and they were. Especially when I pulled the, “we just got back from India card.” hehe, Yogis eat that stuff up.
I haven’t completely formulated my thoughts/feelings about the class yet. It was an interesting mix of people and everyone was really friendly. The instructor was a good teacher and the material was laid out in an easy to understand format. Here’s what my heart is struggling with– I was a bit bored.
Yogafit was developed to make yoga accessible to the masses. This means that it takes the “safest” approach to every pose. Safety is cool, but it felt a little on the confining side. Like, I wanted to move my body in different directions and get a little funky but had to stick to what the instructor was instructing me to do.
This past year I mostly practiced yoga at home. I haven’t practiced yoga at one particular place from one particular teacher for any extended period of time. I’ve sort of developed an eclectic practice you could say– combining several styles of yoga into one session. I also like to explore new ways to move–I sometimes get a bit funky and its hard to tell if I’m having a breakdance session, a ballet rehearsal, or a yoga practice. Its lovely (or at least I think so).
After feeling a little bit disappointed, I remembered that this isn’t the destination. Yogafit is simply a tool to help me along on my journey. It will give me the formal training I need to get certified and no doubt I will learn heaps along the way! Also, I realize that from an instructional standpoint, learning the fundamentals and how the cue my students is necessary.
Welp, off my second day of class! I’ll share some of what I learned this coming week!