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My Yoga Teacher Training Journey: Part 3

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 5/24/2017 to Exercise

Oh my, where to begin? I have grown so much in the past two months.  I’ve been getting more comfortable with my postures, and we’ve been discovering the many uses of yoga props. Our class has been learning the breakdown of each asana (posture), the benefits and contraindications of each asana, and what muscles are used for each asana. We do a lot of work outside of the body, but we learn what’s going on internally, too, by familiarizing ourselves with the bodily systems such as digestive, lymphatic, endocrine, nervous, cardiovascular and respiratory systems. My trainees and I have learned a variety of mediation and breathing techniques to connect the body with the breath, as well as mudras (hand gestures) to better benefit our asanas and meditations.

I’ve had two long weekends since my last post:

The second long weekend in April consisted of mudras, both walking and silent meditation, a vinyasa class, Sun Salutation B, mindful eating, yoga for seniors, raja yoga, and a lecture and workshop on the chakras. It was quite informative and a little intimidating, but nonetheless, quite fascinating!

This past weekend, we had a dancing meditation, discussed yoga for stress and trauma as well as for chronic diseases, went over more postures, and learned about and performed reiki. We also worked on our sequences, which we will have to teach both in the community and to our entire class towards the end of our program.

For next month, we have to create a 10 minute sequence for a specific chronic illness—my partner and I have arthritis and joint pain. I’m excited to create a class catering to that condition, and I’m looking forward to seeing how my other classmates cater to their chronic conditions.

Aside from my long weekends, I have been attending classes at the studio to enhance my own practice, both as a student and assistant.  I assisted a restorative class by helping the teacher make adjustments, which is a little difficult at the moment seeing as how I can’t tell if someone is doing a pose their own way or if they are actually doing a pose incorrectly. It’s something I will learn in time and practice!

When it comes to practicing yoga outside of the studio, some of my fellow yogis and I have attended a few handstand workshops. I have never thought in a million years that I would be able to do a handstand, but we enjoyed stepping out of our comfort zone and trying something new. We also try to get together frequently to work on our own sequences as well as balancing poses and inversions.

Lastly, I have taught two yoga classes for Camp Gladiator during BOLD Week. I am honored CG has given me the opportunity to teach, even though I am still fairly new to teaching. It’s been a fun and rewarding experience to share my creation with everyone!