My Experience with Yoga Teacher Training at Fishtree Yoga

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I had virtually zero expectations of what Yoga Teacher Training would be like before I left for the program in January. I wasn't sure how it would feel being away from home for three weeks.

I didn't know what each day would be like at the studio.

I couldn't imagine living with a total stranger for 3 weeks.

Now that it's over it feels like the entire experience was a lifetime ago (even though I've just been home for three days!) To go from spending every single day in a yoga studio with the same 7 people to ... not, just feels so surreal.

I drove home Friday after the graduation ceremony exhausted but sublimely happy. During the ceremony they gave each of us these white circle bracelets to represent the circle we formed with one another. Pura vida bracelets are part of the unofficial yogi uniform so I love that my first one has such a special meaning to me.

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{Side note: I arrived home Friday to my favorite pizza from Papa Johns and two boxes of thin mint cookies. I passed out before 6 p.m.. It was perfect.}

As for the accommodations we shared a one bedroom at the beach about a 15 minute drive from the studio. Jan, the studio owner/teacher, suggested my roommate take the bunkbeds that were build into the hallway and I take the 1 bedroom since I'd have a car to drive us back and forth every day (roomie flew in from Arizona.) YogaWhile I missed Travis and my cats more than I ever thought possible staying away from home for three weeks really allowed me to focus 100% on yoga training. Three of the five women in our group lived locally and went home to their regular lives every night. Even though I had a bit of work to do every night when I got home it was really nice to not have to worry about 'life' stuff so much when we got back to the condo.

The studio itself was gorgeous. There was a zen garden, butterfly garden, lake, chickens, and an orchard. It was the perfect setting for a yoga studio. I'll admit sitting in the same one room studio day in and day out did start to wear on me a bit, but damn what a room it was!

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A lot of people have asked me how I felt about doing a 21 day immersion versus the traditional one weekend a month for 8-12 months. I LOVED it. Yes, it was very hard to go 21 days nonstop yoga but I'd much rather do it in one shot then keep having to rearrange my life around the training for almost a year. Jan also said she's tried it both ways and quickly realized it was too hard to get the students to get back in the 'yoga zone mentality' seeing them only once a month.

As for the training itself it was a lot more self-reflective than I would have guessed. Our daily schedule looked something like this:

8:00 - 9:30 a.m. Morning check-in and practice

9:30 - 12 p.m. Workshop/videos/lectures

12 - 1 p.m. Lunch

1 - 5 p.m. Workshop/videos/lectures

We probably spent 1-3 hours a day 'checking in' with how we were feeling about the day, what we thought about some film/lecture we had (Yoga Woman, Fierce Grace and Kumare are great flicks!) or how our nights went. While this was a great way to get to know the other people in the group it wasn't my favorite part of the program. However, I also know we couldn't do non-stop lecture/practice from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. without getting super burned out.

Apparently a few of the people who signed up for the training came into it expecting to have some sort of emotional breakthrough while there. I certainly didn't expect yoga training to do anything aside from train us how to teach yoga!

In our third week we each had to teach a 60 minute class. They video taped us and we all watched the video together after to give feedback to the student teacher. I loved teaching! We were trained in the Baptiste method so we memorized the full 90 minute sequence and got to pick and choose which poses we wanted to include in our class. Considering we all did a great job teaching and feel confident to go out and teach classes on our own I'd say the training was a complete success.

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  Am I going to pursue teaching yoga full time now? Absolutely not! I love that Jan really stressed that teaching yoga can come in so many forms. For me I really see using it to compliment a running program, or volunteering with projects that put yoga into the community (girl scout groups, schools, group homes, etc.) I've always said if I won the lottery I'd just collect degrees and certificates. I love learning. I love sharing what I learn with others. I can't wait to see what opportunity presents itself to me next!

Got any questions about yoga teacher training? Ask me anything!