Yoga Teacher Training Recap

I. AM. DONE.

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Last day with my instructor, Rocky Heron.

Yoga teacher training is a long, intensive process. 200 classroom hours, hours upon hours of homework, and the physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion is unlike anything I’ve ever been through. Click on the links to read my previous teacher training posts (YogaYoga RevisitedRound 3).

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Obligatory First Day of Yoga School Pic – Round 4

My brain is mush, and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s done. Thankfully, my body reminds me what I just went through every time I roll over.

IMG_6996This last week was an especially difficult one. I felt all the feelings – excitement, sadness, anxiety, relief, stress… you name it, I felt it. Excitement to be back with my friends, sadness it was over, anxiety about the final, relief it was coming to an end, and stress to finish necessary requirements while completing daily homework and running off 3-4 hours of sleep. Whew!

We spent our days practicing yoga (duh), learning/discussing LOTS of anatomy, practicing alignment cues on our peers, and learning about yoga philosophy.

Rocky showing us his best isometric contraction.

Rocky showing us his best isometric contraction.

The yoga practices you do in a teacher training are completely different than yoga you would generally practice everyday. For example, one day we worked on backbends…for 2½ hours. Holy spinal extensors!

Screen Shot 2015-01-20 at 7.44.11 AMAnother day was working on forward folds. A forward fold doesn’t sound so bad, right? Well we did them for 3 hours. I was able to release my hamstrings more that day than I ever have.

Another day, we did a 90 minute self-led practice. Everyone in the room was doing different things. It was the longest practice I’ve ever put myself through on my own.

IMG_7056The last day we did 2½ hours of arm balances and inversions. My serratus anterior, shoulders, and obliques are still talking to me after this class.

IMG_7055I am now certified through YOGAMAZÉ, founded by Noah Mazé in Los Angeles. Our teacher training was led by Rocky Heron, a YOGAMAZÉ Emissary. To receive our certification we were assessed on teaching methodology, anatomy & physiology, yoga philosophy, and practicum.

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The day I turned in my work. Ah…what a relief.

By the end of the week, we had to have all necessary assignments complete and then were “graded” on teaching an hour long sequence to our peers. The day we had to teach my nerves had nearly completely subsided. I think this was solely due to the pure exhaustion I was feeling, not because I felt prepared. I don’t think I would have ever felt prepared for that moment.

I am so grateful for the group of people I was placed with to complete this training. I can’t put into words what happens to you over 200 hours, but the people that surround you play a huge part in your sanity. I am so thankful for each and every one of them.

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Namaste’ Y’all.

The last week especially was a roller coaster ride of emotions. By mid-week we were all slightly delirious, so I’m sure that played a role…

We laughed together.

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Clare bear.

Sometimes cried together.

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Sweet Mona.

Celebrated each other.

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Happy Birthday, Adi! Yes, yogis eat donuts. We eat ALL the donuts.

Celebrated our instructor/mentor.

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Rocky in all of his new Oklahoma gear.

IMG_7058Relied on one another.

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Last closing circle.

And supported each another.

So much love and appreciation in this picture.

So much love and appreciation in this picture.

It’s now been 3 days since I finished, and I’m still not quite back to normal. My body is exhausted and I still have all my yoga homework laid out on the dining room table like I have things to finish. Maybe it will sink in soon.

IMG_700615 months ago when I signed up for this journey, I still wasn’t sure I wanted to put in the time, energy, and effort to complete a 200 hour teacher training. Looking back, I can’t imagine not doing it! If this is something you’re on the fence about yourself, or have any questions regarding a 200 hour teacher training, please let me know! I would love to answer any questions or tell you about my experience a little bit more.

From a now official yoga teacher,

Cassie

Can we still be friends?

I feel like I should apologize for my lack of blog time recently. May I explain myself? Please? If you don’t care to hear my excuses just skip to the next paragraph.

Well 2 weeks ago I spilled water on my computer. Remember? My computer was out of commission for a week. Then I went to yoga teacher training. That was a whirlwind of several days that left no time for the computer. Then this last week… I posted on Monday, my internet went out on Tuesday. I haven’t had internet for the last 5 days. I think someone is telling me to slow down. Anyway, thats my excuse. I’m sorry. Can we still be friends?

I wish I had a recipe or yoga class or workout or home project to tell you about, but I don’t. So let’s talk about the last 3 weeks, shall we? This is going to be super random. Get ready.

My dad got an M35 cargo truck. Don’t ask me why. He’s funny like that. It’s completely street legal so we had a great time driving this around town over Thanksgiving.

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Then I went to teacher training, but you already know that…

IMG_6068I’ve been doing LOTS of yoga homework! Lots of reading, lots of script writing, lots of teaching. When I came across this picture of BKS Iyengar in Light on Yoga, it summed up my feelings perfectly.

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I have finished all of my Christmas shopping. Now the real struggle… waiting until Christmas to give out presents!

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Nothing makes me happier than a simple package. And gold foil, which is not simple at all…

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I made my first Christmas goodie! Puppy chow. I took it to the Yoga at Tiffany’s Christmas Party. It’s gluten free, so it’s totally healthy.

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Without U-Verse or Internet, I’ve watched Love Actually more times than I can count. My favorite Christmas flick!

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I taught my first yoga class at Climb Up this last week. It is an incredible place. If you’re still Christmas shopping, a Climb Up gift card makes an excellent gift/stocking stuffer!

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Adding new classes to my schedule the week after teacher training was not my best idea. I’ve been a zombie all week long. SO. TIRED.

The Carnivore decided he needed a saw to finish the trim in the kitchen. Great idea! We went to Lowe’s to get him a small saw that would fit comfortably in the garage. This is what we came home with… Our garage reeks of testosterone.

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I have now ordered all my kitchen light fixtures, but we’ve only replaced one. I’m so pleased with it. Simple, a little industrial, and gives out a lot of light. Perfect!

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My husband was working all weekend long, so I started a new kitchen project. Shelves! One day he’ll learn to not leave me home alone…

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And finally, it’s December 14 and there are tornadoes in Oklahoma. What?!? Way to keep it interesting, Oklahoma.

IMG_6161Whew! Caught up. I’ll be back with regularly scheduled posts this week. Promise.


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