The first week of my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training with Frame is complete and I'm now digesting it all.
There was a lot of sweat, smiles, laughter, some tears and furious note writing!
I've been keeping a diary to document the journey and reflect. It was an amazing transformative week, to say the least, and I want to share some of the moments here.
My course runs over three months so the next classroom days will be weekends. It was so wonderful to start the course off with 7 intensive days as it really allowed the group to bond and become friends. It's so important as training to be a yoga teacher is tough, tougher than most people imagine! Having a support network around you keeps you sane.
I knew (hoped) I'd enjoy the course but so far it has completely surpassed my expectations and I am even more in love with yoga.
I had no idea how supportive this group would become - we've all been messaging, meeting up and planning further meet ups... and we've only been away from the course for 2 days! It was only Sunday that I didn't see anyone as on Monday some of us met up to go to a practice.
I spent Monday feeling like something shifted - a week away learning so much and bringing passion to life has left me with an extra spring in my step. I can feel myself smiling so much more at people and getting so much positivity back.
Magic, magic, magic is all I can say.
I left my house extra early, allowing 1.5 hours for a 45 minute journey. Too nervous to be rushing! Too nervous for breakfast.
And I love food, so that is saying something. I make a herbal tea and have it on the train. After ten minutes all I can think about is how badly I need to pee! Great distraction as all nerves vanish as I try not to wet myself.
Arrive to the studio to see some yogis have already arrived and are quietly chatting. Greeted by the amazing Sabi (yoga teacher assisting the course) who is so wonderful and friendly that I'm immediately put at ease. Finally get to pee.
We all go to the main studio room and sit in a circle. There are 24 students in the course, myself included. I pretty much know within minutes of arriving that this is going to be a really special experience and a wave of relief washes over me. Straight away, everyone is so friendly!
We start the day with a wonderful dynamic yoga practice. I feel invigorated and ready for whatever the day will reveal! Our wonderful teachers, Emily Clare Hill and Michael James Wong, are so very welcoming and completely nail bonding the group!
We do some fun introductory games (I bloody love a game!) and it is SO good to just laugh and be silly! One of the games is to choose your favourite yoga pose (4 options) and find the other people in the room who like your choice too... but there is a catch - we can't talk! I flap my arms trying to look as crow-like as I can.
I enjoy learning more about yoga from an academic/philosophical viewpoint in the afternoon lectures. Wow - it's good to be learning again. I have my new pencil case (keen bean!) and new notebooks all lined up.
What I love is that we are straight into the thick of things! There is no dawdling. We are talking/presenting to the ENTIRE group and addressing the room from the get go. This is AMAZING. It immediately starts to help me loosen up. As a yoga teacher, you need to hold a room so public speaking is very much part of your job. As this is not a component of my current 9-5, this is something I'm keen to get better at.
We get homework and I genuinely feel excited to have this! .... although my excitement lessens (just a tiny smidgen!) when I don't get home until 830pm and have yet to have dinner. I look forward to a restful sleep as the first day washed away all nerves and replaced it with contentment and excitement.
Rest my head on my pillow feeling hopeful, inspired and grateful to be taking this journey with such wonderful souls.