I am excited, yet terrified, that I recently signed up for yoga teacher training. This is something I’ve considered for several years, but have come up with reasons I couldn’t. First, I was too new to yoga, then I injured my back and thought it would be too strenuous, then . . . well, you get the idea. There was always something. So this year I took a different approach, and wondered if I could, maybe even should, try this training.
Recently, I read “Three Reasons Why Yoga Teacher Training Changes Your Life” by Silvia Mordini, and was overcome with the possibilities.
Mordini describes how yoga training is the Alchemy of Yoga at its best. Translation:
- Physical Alchemy: helps us ignite the changes we want to make in our lives. It is about getting fired up and passionate. It means heating the body through moving and breathing in the vinyasa.
- Mental Alchemy: while we are following the discipline, and engaging in the practice to move our stuck energy we are watching ourselves. In yoga we study the self to learn about the self. Here the mental alchemy is through self-observation. We focus on our thoughts.
- Spiritual Alchemy: as we are doing and watching we let go of the ego of judgment. We move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered to blend. Happiness becomes our natural alchemy.
I sought the council of some of my yoga teachers who gave me further insights, that teacher training provides a way for the individual to go deeper into his or her practice, and is a method of self-discovery. Whether one ever goes on to teach yoga isn’t really the point.
So I decided this would be a wonderful undertaking. I will learn more about this practice that I love, meet a group of people who share this passion, and potentially find some life-altering lessons. Hard to find a reason not to do this now!
I’ve begun to read the materials, and learned how I have allowed some physical limitations to crowd my thoughts, and prevent me from doing things I love. It is amazing that I am beginning to change. I can’t wait for training to start on March 15, when I meet my “tribe” who will take this journey with me. I look forward to shared experiences, intense yoga practices, and hopefully, along the way, some amazing fun!
Namaste! (Which means the heart within me honors and respects the heart within you.) Ohm.