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My Yoga Teacher Training Journey: Part 1

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 2/28/2017 to Exercise

Around November or so, I was going through a rough patch. I’ve been feeling lost and unfulfilled for quite some time, and my mind was tangled in thoughts that kept reaching dead ends. All of my friends were pursuing their dreams and chasing their passions…but where was mine? What was my passion, and what was my purpose in life? I was in desperate need of guidance, of any sign that would set me on the right path.

I have blogged about a yoga studio that is right next to the office a few times, and the owner, Lorena has been my spiritual mentor over the past couple of months. One day I was feeling especially low, and I decided to pay her a visit.

It was then she told me she was creating a yoga teacher training, and encouraged me to apply. I have been doing yoga on and off for about two years now (mostly at home) and although I admired yoga, I couldn’t picture myself as a real yogi; I wasn’t confident enough nor did I have the flexibility or strength. It’s safe to say I was reluctant at first—my insecurities took over and I was giving myself excuses as to why I wasn’t good enough.

I slept on the idea, and I knew I had to do it. Here I was, asking for a sign and this opportunity fell into my lap. The training is not only about yoga, but the anatomy, philosophy, and breathing techniques that go along with it. I’ll also be learning Sanskrit, meditation, reiki, and other practices associated with energy, yoga, and natural healing.

Our class consists of 10 trainees, and our first session was on February 8th. Class is held once a week for three hours, and once a month on the weekends until the end of July. All of our material is very detailed and deep, which can be overwhelming at times; there is much to learn in a variety of subjects. I have an assortment of books and notebooks, and it’s something I have to study and practice each day. I feel that I have a sense of purpose again, and I’m relieved to have found something that makes me happy.

As I try to balance work and school, I realize how much I am growing each week. Much of what we learn can be applied to everyday life, and I make sure to make use of my journal during this transition. I’m looking forward of what’s to come, and I am excited to embark on this journey with amazing people.