Lots of snuggles and downtime over here:
Even though I hate when Livi is sick, the cuddles and downtime have been amazing. After a frantic week last week, some forced relaxation is much-appreciated, especially when I get to spend it relaxing with noodle. Usually she rarely sits still, but we’ve been camped on the couch watching movies and reading books. Not a bad place to be <3 (Also, did you know you can stream Frozen on Amazon?!)
During nap time over the past week, I’ve spent a ton of time researching places in San Diego. I’ve been watching Zillow like a hawk and was the miraculous first caller when a house we love popped up (!!!!). Fingers crossed that it works out! In between the necessities of scoping out the Pilot’s commute time along with shopping, restaurants, juice spots, and gyms/studios where I might want to apply, I’ve also been scouring the yoga options.
One of my absolute favorite parts about being in a new place is to check out all of the fun and new-to-me fitness classes. The base gym can be hit or miss -does anyone know what it’s like on Coronado??- but I can almost always find something that I love. I’ve always tried to be an active member of the yoga community where we’d lived (minus Valdosta, whose yoga community was in our guest bedroom with a space heater) and am so excited to check out some new studios in SD. There’s also a TODDLER YOGA STUDIO. I got a Groupon a couple of weeks ago and can’t wait to practice with my favorite little yogini.
I’ve also been exploring yoga teacher training options. Even though I’m not sure if I’d want to teach, I think it would be an awesome way to depend my personal practice, meet some new people and become a part of the yoga community.
I was really excited when Ali sent me an email to describe her yoga teacher training experience. A little info about Ali: she’s Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Trained Life Coach, Reiki Master, Yoga teacher and author of The Perception Diet.
Here’s what she had to say:
Hello! My name is Ali, and I am so pumped that to get to talk to you today! Gina has been such a huge inspiration for me, and I am so grateful to her for allowing me the space to share with you today.
As you may or may not know, both Gina and I are both huge fans of yoga. I have personally been practicing for almost 10 years and I can say that it has transformed my life in so many ways that it is difficult to count! One of the greatest blessings that yoga has given me was actually through my yoga teacher training. I know that Gina is seriously looking into doing her training, so I wanted to write about my experience to encourage her, and to encourage you to dive in and go for it if it is something you are thinking of doing.
I did my teacher training in Edmonton Alberta Canada with a company called YogaWorks. Their training is a mixture of Ashtanga Yoga practices and Iyengar Yoga practices, focusing on proper alignment in combination with flow. I was expecting to come out of my training with a certificate and a deeper confidence in leading others through asana (posture) practice, but what I actually got was so much more than that.
1. My training deepened my asana practice: As I suspected, I learned new asanas during my teacher training, which was really fun and exciting. What I did not expect was to get so much hands on personalized feedback on my asana, with new tips and techniques for deepening and working in the postures I already knew. I learned so much about my own body and how it is set up that I can say with confidence I can achieve postures now after my training that I never would have been able to accomplish before. I also learned how to ease into postures, how to honor where I am at today, and how to progress in a safe and steady way.
2. It opened my eyes to areas of yoga I previously had little to no knowledge of: I was aware of yoga asana, as most people are when they take on a training. What my training opened my eyes too was the deep philosophical roots of yoga, the teachings of the Yoga Sutras, a deeper and richer understanding of anatomy, breath work and meditation practices. Sitting in circle discussing the meanings of various sutras, learning how to augment my breath to create more calm or more energy, and being asked to take time to sit in meditation have forever changed my life. I am a more centered, balanced and well rounded yoga teacher and practitioner because of these new areas of study introduced to me through my training. Learning how deep and rich the practice of yoga really is set me on a trajectory I am still on to this day!
3. It created a community for me to be a part of, and I am still connected with a few of my fellow trainees 4 years later: It is easy to go to a yoga studio, slip in just before class starts, do your practice, and quickly exit the studio after class without saying two words to anyone. And there is certainly a time and a place for this, I understand the need to make yoga time “your” time. But there is something really magical about a group of people coming together week after week to study and practice yoga. The bonds and connections I made with those in my training are very special, and even those that I no longer speak with still hold a sacred space in my heart. The yoga community is really rich and beautiful and doing a teacher training submerges you right in the middle of it. It also provided me the opportunity to talk to and connect with people I would never have connected with otherwise. You will cherish the connections made in your training forever, I promise
4. It gave me confidence, not only in teaching, but in myself: This was a huge one for me. Being “forced” to stand up in front of my peers and teach was rattling at first, but as I progressed through my training it became easier and easier. Finding your center in front of a group of people is really a special skill, and one that can be carried over into life in general. The confidence I found within myself to stand up and speak has leaked over into my life and given me more confidence to speak my truth all the time. I am so grateful for this.
5. It helped my to re-connect with my body in a way that transformed how I ate, slept, and nourished myself: Lastly, my teacher training helped me to re-set some negative patterns I had with regards to how I felt about and thought about my body. Learning more about the anatomy of my body gave me a deeper and richer appreciation for the amazing gift that my body is. 2.5 hour practices with an enfaces on long holds gave me the space and time to really dig into those more uncomfortable thoughts and feelings and come through them to the other side. Learning about the concept of Ahimsa or non-harming transformed the way I thought about eating and exercising. In short, my teacher training taught me to treat my body as the precious vehicle that it is.
So, I hope I have inspired you to take on your training if it is something you are thinking about. Even if you never plan to teach, your training will enrich your practice and your life in more ways that you can possibly imagine. Go for it!
Lastly, I will be co-leading a 7 week Perception Diet tele-course with Whatnowlifecoaching.com at the end of March. If you would like to connect with me personally and with others who are learning to love their bodies, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on the course.
Thank you so much to Ali for sharing her experience!
Friends who have completed yoga teacher training: any tips or insights to share?
What part of your local fitness community do you feel the most connected? Have you met any close friends or a significant other at a fitness studio?! (<– I love these kind of stories!)
Hope you enjoy the rest of your day <3