It’s that feeling you have when you just experienced something so great and you can’t really put it into words… the words that come to mind don’t really capture the true essence of the emotions behind them.
That was the weekend yoga teacher training for me. A group of fifteen women (supposedly the first year that there have not been any males in the group) of different ages and backgrounds coming together to study yoga. After three meetings over the weekend, we were so comfortable with each other! Our instructors led us through a wonderful introduction, and really set the stage for what will happen over the next 11 months of training. Since it is a formal certification process, there is a lot of documentation involved: paperwork, checklists, forms. We teased that we may as well move in to the studio considering how much time we will be spending there in the next year! …and so far, that has been exactly the case! The weekend was not all asana practice (although there was a lot of that! I actually lost 3 lbs in one weekend with all of the yoga we were doing!) but also included a lot of information about teaching philosophy, anatomy, and yoga philosophies – we focused on ahimsa this month – the practice of non-harm. This is a concept very close to my heart, and I plan to talk about it in a future post.
One of the big requirements for the Registered Yoga Teacher is doing an apprenticeship with the instructors. We have a year (basically) to do the apprenticeship over an 11-week span, but I decided to jump right in and start apprenticing now. Last night, I attended my first Yoga I class. I was surprised to see the class so full – Maryland was hit with some nasty snow and ice storms and the schools have been canceled – but 20+ people still showed up for the 6:15pm class! (I like to think that Yoga is 100% Recession-proof, and possibly weather proof too!) My role in this week’s class was simple – since it was the first class, I assisted with some props, but primarily observed the class. One of the main rules of apprenticing is that I do not practice along with the class – and that was the first time I have been in that situation. Being in a class but not being IN the class. However, I found it quite enlightening; when I am not focusing on my own form and poses, I can truly gauge the others in the room. In the future, I will assist the instructor with adjustments, demonstrations, and possibly leading a sequence of poses later in the session. This will be an invaluable experience!
After the apprenticeship class, I did have the chance to actually get on my own mat too when I stayed for the next class slot. It is a more advanced class and definitely provided the challenge that I was looking for. While I do practice at home very frequently, I usually do not challenge myself with more advanced poses because I am afraid of injury… but in class, when we have properly prepared for these pinnacle poses (Vasisthasana III and Visvamistrasana) with a series of other poses, it seems so right to just go for it. Small steps and then a big finish! and of course so many of us in the class fell out the pose, or lost balance, or had to come out. But it was the process of getting there – and maybe getting a little further than last time! – that provided the reward and satisfaction. It is finding that split second of stability and calm when you can think “YES!” before promptly falling to the floor
With all of the activities, I was surprised that I was able to start a finish another hat last week. I started the beret on Inauguration Day and finished it up during the NHL All-Star weekend. A great way to finish up this fun January Hat Trick knitalong! I got 4 goals over the month – nothing compared to some of the über-knitters over on Ravelry! – but I am happy with the results. Knitting hats is just so much fun! and as silly as it sounds, I love that I don’t have to knit another one – like socks, mittens, and sleeves! -because we only have one head!
Patten: Tweed Beret, Jo Sharp Knit Issue 3
Yarn: Jo Sharp Silk Road Aran Tweed in “Imagine” colorway
Source: All About Yarn – Columbia, MD
Needles: Size US8 circs
With one knitalong concluding, I can’t help but think about the next one starting up! (Rav link) I am “chomping at the bit” to cast on for the DROPS vest in this delicious Tess yarn… the yarn that has been cast on several times and frequently ripped out. I have a great feeling about this project – I think it is going to work out splendidly! Sunday is the cast on day! I will have plenty of opportunity on Sunday as we are headed to see the Washington Capitals play for the Sticks n’ Stitches event AND then off to a Superbowl party that evening. Another fun and busy weekend ahead!