Fitness Friday: Week 3 of Yoga Teacher Training

Workouts for the week: YOGA. Every.damn.day.

On one hand it feels like I just started my 3 week Yoga Teacher Training. On the other hand - it feels like I have been away from home for an eternity.

That's right, I didn't talk about it much on the blog, but I've been away from my husband and cats for THREE FREAKING WEEKS now staying at a condo in Pensacola with a fellow Yoga Teacher Trainee. I didn't really know how it would feel being away from home for so long, but I can tell you now that it's over (I'm heading home today!) that it was harder than I would have guessed. It was nice to see Travis for our quick weekend trip to New Orleans to run the full (half for me) marathon but I definitely miss him a ton, and I may miss Salem more. It's just harder with pets because you can't talk/text them all day like Travis and I did!

I'm going to write up a more detailed post on the training itself, so for today I'll stick to the highlights (and lowlights) of this week.

Highlight: spending time with the other teacher trainees.

10407280_10153026829592674_178910767045911457_nOut of the 5 of us (there were 7 to start but 2 fell out) there were 3 military spouses, one Frenchie (who did a hilarious southern accent with her French accent), and a nurse/LMT. They were all such amazing, interesting, diverse women and I hope to stay in touch with them all to see how their paths unfold!

Lowlight (that should have been a highlight): Delicious Indian food Monday night.

10968533_10153026829387674_8979151585452612741_nI ordered dal (should have gone with the Korma someone else ordered which was fabulous) and some garlic naan. I ate almost all the naan and just a bit of my dal. I don't know what happened but within an hour of getting home I was doubled over in pain from horrific cramps. Of course this happened right as I was getting over the cold I had during week 2. I spent the entire night tossing and turning in pain. Around 1 a.m. the vomiting started and by 6 a.m. I texted the Yoga Teacher that I wasn't going to be able to make it in.

Of COURSE the day I missed was the day I was supposed to teach a 60 minute class as my 'final exam.' I ended up teaching the class Wednesday and nailed it! I spent all of Tuesday in bed except for a quick trip to Publix to get whatever I thought I could keep down.

10435095_10153026829332674_302623270288304224_nSunny D? Way too acidic! It sounded so good though! I came home and had to lay down on the sofa before putting the groceries away I was so drained. I had nothing but crackers and gatorade until Wednesday morning when I made some plain white rice for breakfast. The rest of Wednesday was more crackers and gatorade, and yesterday I added in some cheerios and Annie's ravioli for dinner.

I'm still not 100% certain what happened. Another girl had some of my food so I don't think there was anything wrong with it. I suspect my usually dormant IBS flared up after eating a lot more food at once than I normally do, eating very heavy/spicey food, and eating Indian after eating a pretty clean and light diet since starting training. Regardless, I don't think I'm going to have any of my beloved korma or dal for a while!

Hightlight: Learning how to teach kids yoga and partner yoga.

10443540_10153026829242674_8004288774193423917_nThe kids yoga was all set to music and had cue cards to follow with fun poses. We were fishies in a sea here.

10978560_10153026829012674_686284151168293975_nMy mind is so fried from non-stop yoga for (basically) 3 weeks straight. We'd leave the condo at 7:20 for the studio and get home between 5:30-6 p.m. every night. I'd wrestle with horrific WiFi to get freelance/blog work done, study yoga stuff, and pass out before 10. Even when I worked 50-60 hours a week at a FT desk job and teaching night classes I was never this tired!

I am SO fortunate to be able to get this certification done so it was all well worth it, but it has definitely been a challenging three weeks. The training involved a lot of introspection and teasing through our own bullshit to become a better teacher so lots and lots of tears were shed, some people fell out, but now that it's all over I'm so inspired to use what I've learned to help others. I've got some great ideas floating around in my head now, like a combo 'my first 5k'/yoga series and volunteering to teach yoga/mediation to local girl scout groups/girls homes/schools. I'm such a total newb at it that I'm planning to just spend the rest of the time we have in Alabama just trying to get experience helping out other teachers/studios and trying out as many different yoga venues as I can to get a feel for what I can really excel in.

2015 - you are off to a hell of a start!

My weekend plans: ALL THE CAT CUDDLES, 24/7 quality time with Travis, and maybe a bit of pampering at home (mani/pedi, beg Travis for a massage, etc.)

What are you doing this weekend?

What type of volunteer work calls to you?