I'm going to Yoga Teacher Training (& the military is paying!)

A few weeks ago I was laying in bed one night looking at local studio's yoga schedules on my phone. Yoga is one of those things I always lament that I want to do more often, but I just never make it happen. Whenever I attend a class I leave feeling physically and psychologically refreshed. I know it's good for me, like meditation, but I haven't been able to make it into a regular practice. As I was looking at class schedules I came across a local studios teacher training program. I always joke that if I ever won the lottery I'd collect degrees and certificates. I am addicted to learning. Unfortunately, my work schedule and bank account usually don't allow for me to indulge in that whim. Some how the stars aligned and this opportunity fell into my lap. At the very bottom of the teacher training page I came across this blurb:

If you are a military spouse, you may qualify for the MyCAA Program. Spouses of E1-E5, W1-W2, and 01-02 Active Duty Soldiers will receive counseling and funding up to $4,000 to assist with licensure, certification or education opportunities.

I'm sorry, what's happening?

I ran the idea by Travis, and headed over to the MyCAA website to complete the first step (submitting an educational plan.) That was approved and yesterday I finished part 2 which was the financial aid application. It was automatically approved and now I'm officially going to Yoga Teacher Training in January!

Yoga Cats

The fall term ends mid-December and my plans after I move to Alabama next week were to focus on my blog, freelance writing jobs, and finishing my book proposal. The timing of this is perfect, and the MyCAA scholarship pays for almost the entire program. I'm going through this training as much for my own personal growth as I am for the ability to actually teach classes in the future. When the studio owner emailed me a program outline I almost squealed with dorky glee:

Yoga Asana Techniques - 100 hours

  • Recite the Sanskrit name of postures learned
  • Sequence postures for a 60 minute beginners class
  • Develop a daily personal sadhana practice
  • Demonstrate pranayama breathing exercises and mudra hand positions
  • Describe three kriyas used in yoga for cleansing the body
  • Use descriptive language appropriate for the yoga class
  • Utilize appropriate music for yoga class
  • Write a creative visualization script

Student Practicum -10 hours

Yoga Homework

  • Yoga Philosophy and States of Mind
  • Body Awareness and the Koshas
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Chakras and the Subtle Energy System
  • Sutras

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology - 30 hours

  • Describe the subtle energy system
  • Locate specific organs, muscles, and bones in the body
  • Describe the anatomy of human movement and the systems of the body as they apply to Asana

Yoga Philosophy – 30 hours

  • Describe a brief history of yoga, at least four branches of yoga, and at least 4 styles of yoga
  • Describe the eight fold-path of Patanjali, the general content of Book I and II of Patanjali's Sutras and the three doshas in Ayurveda

Yoga Methodology - 30 hours

Sigh. I am just so excited. I love how I would have never known that this MyCAA scholarship had existed if I hadn't stumbled across it. I'm hoping this post may reach a few fellow military spouses who may qualify. I looked around a lot before I committed to this program (you only get $4000 to use one time only) and they have programs ranging from nursing to general two year degrees to massage therapy.

I can only imagine what other random perks exist that no one knows about! (Seriously, if you know of any tell me about them.)

What would you pursue if you the opportunity was free and fell into your lap at the right time?