Yoga Teacher Training-Reflections on Three Weeks

by Natalie on April 21, 2014

Yowza!  First of all, I can’t even believe that I’ve only been in teacher training for three weeks.  In all honesty, it feels like months.  While that sounds like a bad thing, it’s really not!

I started this journey with seven other people and I already know that these individuals will be friends for life.  In the three short weeks, I feel closer to some of my fellow trainees than I do with some friends I’ve had for many years.  It kind of reminds me of summer camp when I was younger…if anyone can relate to that :D

We’ve done a LOT of yoga and a LOT of introspection, both of which are exhausting and invigorating and intense.  Today is day three of a current 30-day challenge (30 yoga classes in 30 days).  What I’ve noticed is that it’s been hard to keep up my “normal” workout routine and add 60-75 minutes of yoga daily.  My muscles just feel too fatigued and I know I’m compromising both…I’ll probably put lifting on the back burner for at least these 30 days so I can show up to my mat feeling strong and powerful.

I have been trying to get in some cardio most mornings, just to get my blood flowing and start the day off on the right foot.  Last week I got in two good runs, a rowing workout, and taught a Tabata class.  It was a good week in terms of workouts, that’s for sure!

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Fueling for teacher training has definitely taken some getting used to.  I usually have an iron stomach and can go running after eating nearly anything, no problem.  Yoga is a whole different animal!  I usually have to have a little something in my stomach so I don’t feel dizzy or lightheaded during practice, but too much gives me major indigestion (heartburn!) especially when inverted in down dog or head/hand stand.

I’ve honestly been living off of raw almonds, little packets of nut butter and smoothies!

I think the most challenging thing for me thus far is the time commitment.  All of the assigned readings, meditations, and additional yoga assignments are a lot and that combined with a full-time job and trying to keep up a household has been quite a juggling act.  I also have more of a “one track” personality, where if I’m doing something I like to fully do it!  This has definitely been a lesson in keeping many plates spinning even if they’re spinning a bit slower than the once were.

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With that, I think I’m off!  Hopefully I’ll be back soon.

I hope you have a lovely day.

*TIP TIME*
Meditation can be extremely therapeutic and does not have to be complicated.  By simply sitting still and calming the mind or focusing on one or two choice phrases and repeating them, we activate the parasympathetic nervous system which aids in digestive function, lowering heart rate, and regulating sleep.

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