As I sit here getting a much needed rest day in, I thought it would be a good time to write about my yoga journey. I have spent the last 5 months in a 200 hour certified yoga training program. There’s been late nights and long weekends spent practicing and learning the anatomy of yoga poses. I only have 5 more classes left until I graduate December 15th and I couldn’t be more excited. I finally get my life back and all my Saturday’s will be dedicated to running again. Don’t get me wrong, I have learned a lot and it has been a good experience for me. I have grown a lot over the last several months and I’m beginning to establish my own teaching style. At the beginning of the training I was intimidated by all the dancers and senior yogis who have been doing this for a lot longer then I have been. When I would teach, I wouldn’t apply what I knew because I didn’t want to say the wrong thing in front of a group who already knew more then I did. Once I got over the intimidation factor, I began to be more confident in my ability to teach just like the rest. I have seen just how much my teaching has improved once I stopped worrying about messing up. I also learned that using notes messes me up, so the day I lost the notes is the day I really saw that I could be an awesome yoga teacher. I was able to teach last weekend to a large group for the first time and I did so good. It was friends and family day at the studio and my sweet friend came to support me. That was the first time I actually taught in a class setting. I have one more large class teaching session on December 9th before we graduate. The studio is combining us with the year long training group and we are teaching them a sequence.
I’ve had a lot of people ask me what we do in training for 6-10 hours straight. Therefore, I thought I would tell you guys what training consist of. We practice for a few hours, we build class sequences to teach, we learn anatomy, the history of yoga, breathing techniques, and learn the wording of yoga poses. We don’t get any breaks and we have to eat as we are working on book work. Every hour we are there has to be used for training.
With all the stuff I have going on and trying to finish training and college classes, I haven’t been able to write that often. I’m slowly getting ready to begin teaching as a instructor in January. My new yoga adventure is called Blissful Yoga. Blissful Yoga is dedicated to empowering students through challenging poses, stretches, and relaxation. My practice is built around exercise and strengthening the body. With that said, my classes are open to everyone and I will work closely with you to establish a practice that fits your body. Everyone is built differently and we all have different limitations. As someone who has a bad right side, I understand the challenges some will face when it comes to certain poses. Due to my tight hamstrings and my right hip, there are certain poses I can’t do myself. I have to have support even just sitting during a breathing exercise. Therefore, at Blissful Yoga, I plan to offer the support and adjustments needed so anyone can participate in the classes. I am very passionate about helping people who have physical limitations. At Blissful Yoga, I will make everyone feel right at home no matter what their limitation may be.
Looking ahead, I hope to build Blissful Yoga in to a traveling yoga studio. I don’t want to be stuck in a single location. As most of you know, I am always on the road, therefore I hope to take yoga with me to different counties and festivals across North Georgia. I’m not sure where this idea is going to go, but come see me in January at Athens Tech. This will be my first stop. A new city announcement will come once warmer weather hits. I have something in the works!
Thanks to everyone who has supported me along this journey! You guys are the best!