This week’s events have filled me with such hope and purpose, both on the international and national stages as well as the things happening right here at home. The words hope, change, and progress have been used so many times in recent days (months/years) and it truly signifies a momentous occasion in our collective history.
We will always remember this time. We will look back and tell future generations about it. Where we were when…
…and I will also remember this week as the starting point of my yoga teacher training. After many years of practice, it was last year that I began to seriously research the instructor certification process and to investigate the studios in my area that offered teacher training. It didn’t take long to find a good fit: I am lucky to have a wonderful studio in my town that offers many classes and has wonderful teachers. Even before that, however….
…We took a few classes together in college. Our small Ancient Studies department only had a handful of student majors, so we knew each other casually. We had mutual friends and passed each other often in the dormitories. Years passed and both of us graduated from college, got married (to people who also went to college with us!) and went to graduate school… and we both took up knitting as a hobby in that meantime. We both delved deeper into yoga individually. And come 2008, we were both on Ravelry – both in the Namaste Knitter yoga group - and here she is talking about how she is working through her yoga teacher training certification at the same studio that I was looking at… and *boom*.
I private messaged her just to make sure that it was really her. “Flissy? from college?” It was just too funny that it all happened that way. We met up for tea one night and we were just amazed that through Ravelry and yoga, we reconnected after several years! I heard about her experiences with teacher training, she heard about my plans, and we signed up for a yoga class together last fall. It just seemed like there was a reason that things were falling in to line so well…
It was last September that I started to take the classes at the studio. I signed up for two classes a week and I knew right away that it was a wonderful place. The styles, the words, the spirit of the place just really felt right for me. I told my instructor about my intentions to do the training and her reaction was an instant hug!
So, after many months of deciding and waiting, the time has finally come! For the next eleven months, I will be working towards my 200-hour Registed Yoga Teacher certification. I am really taking this program as it comes… I feel that this is an important time in my life to take up such a challenge. After the many health issues that I had in 2008, and continue to work through (though a lesser extent now, thankfully) I know that the time is right to work towards this goal. I want to do this program for so many reasons – some deeply personal, others as simple and silly as toning up my arms and abdominals…
I will blog about yoga a little more than I have before on account of it becoming such a large part of my life. I want to document this time for my own reasons – to be able to look back later and to see what I thought about this or that… and to see how I have grown, changed, etc.
All I know is that it is going to be an amazing journey.
**Photos from the Atlanta Botanical Gardens orchid exhibit, November 2008