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Lolly RYT 200
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Lolly RYT 200

Hmm… I really should watch how I transition in my blog posts!  Pictures of a baby and then me saying “surprise” makes you all start thinking about something else entirely…

I was going to tell you about my graduation from my yoga teacher training program last weekend!  Eleven months of classes, apprenticeships, weekend seminars, and lots of self examination.  It was quite a journey.

YTT Graduation Photo

I was so blessed to make 14 new friends a long the way!

So what this means is that I am now certified to teach yoga – I was already teaching a class at my office, but I am now registered (and *legal* for all intents and purposes) by the Yoga Alliance.  It’s a step on the journey!

The interesting this about this journey is that I don’t really know what the destination is… but I am enjoying the ride.  I have no intention of leaving my archival career and teaching yoga full-time (especially in this economic climate) but I have this passionate side-job that I am happy to keep up.  I will continue to teach at my workplace, and perhaps look in to some opportunities in my community… we’ll see where it goes!

For now, it looks like the next step on the journey will involve an extended study with some senior teachers at my studio.  The program is called “Immersion”, and refers specifically to the style of yoga that I practice, Anusara.  Basically, it is a way to delve deeper and to learn more.   That program starts in January 2010 and is just around the corner!

Yoga Asana

I am planning to develop a side page on this blog (perhaps lollygirl.com/yoga, although it is not there yet!) to discuss my yoga and my teaching possibilities for the future – maybe some workshops, maybe some private sessions… I think it would just be good to have a dedicated space for such things.  So, if you are interested, stay tuned as I piece that together :)

As a commemoration to the wonderful women in my Yoga Teacher Training class, I recorded our group last Sunday night (right before our graduation ceremony) doing the chant that we did to open each meeting.  The chant is in Sanskrit, so I provided the translation underneath.

Om saha na vava tu
Saha nau bhunaktu
Saha vir yam kara va vahai
Tejas vi na va dhitnam astus
Ma vidvi sha va hai
Om shanti shanti shanti

May we, teacher and student, be protected together
May we enjoy the fruits of our actions together
May our knowledge be full of light
May there never be discord between us
Om peace peace peace


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41 Responses

  1. Annette

    Congratulations! What an awesome accomplishment. The best part about a journey is discovering that it takes you to a place you never imagined when you began. Enjoy the ride. :)

  2. Vanessa

    Congrats Lolly. It is an amazing journey to go thru and such a wonderful gift to give yourself.
    love the chant at the end. I haven’t chanted in a while (other than my oms at the end of class) and I miss it. it is magical.

    here’s to your journey~

  3. Jenn

    Excellent, congratulations!

  4. Bossygirl

    Good for you!!!!!!! I really enjoy following your journey. (And your photos keep getting better and better.) Thanks for all your blogging. :-)

  5. Michelle

    Yay Congratulations!!

  6. karen

    what a huge step Lolly !
    congratulations !!!

    I started yoga last september after reading your posts – you inspired me ;o)

  7. jen c

    congratulations! love that mosaic – your flexibility is inspiring. :)

  8. (formerly) no-blog-rachel

    Congratulations! What a wonderful achievement.

  9. Steph

    Yay, congratulations, Lolly!

  10. Skylar

    congrats and namaste!

  11. Kim


  12. carole

    Congratulations!! I’d love to do the same…maybe someday!

  13. Jane

    Wow, Lolly! Amazing! Congrats :)

  14. Satsuki

    Congratulations ! I admire you doing so many things !

  15. Sara


  16. felinemagnet

    Well done! Looking forward to the extra yoga content in the blog, and possibilities of local classes. ;-)

  17. Holli

    Congratulations, Lolly! What a major accomplishment. Here’s to peace and harmony in whatever comes next.

  18. Leslie

    Mazel tov! I know you worked hard. Thanks for including us on the journey. And, as I’ve said, please reserve a spot for me in your first retreat! :)

  19. LittleWit

    Congratulations on graduating! That’s such a wonderful accomplishment and I admire you for sticking to it.

  20. Becky

    I have to admit I was one of those people wondering if the “big news” would be you adding the family tree! Congrats on the graduation though, great job!

  21. disentangled

    Congrats! What an amazing accomplishment and beginning :)

  22. Alicia

    Congrats!!!!! Love the photos. Please keep sharing! If you make another page I’ll be reading that one too ;)

  23. Chandler

    Congratulations and felicitations! That’s wonderful news, and you deserve all the best! I’d love to take yoga lessons from you—it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been able to fit yoga into my life, and I miss it. I’m looking forward to reading and seeing what you come up with in the future, and maybe someday I’ll actually get to learn from you in person!

    Congratulations again on a momentous accomplishment.

  24. Josiane

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful news! I’ve enjoyed the posts you wrote about your journey through the teacher training program, and I’m looking forward to reading more about what’s coming next.
    I love Leslie’s idea of reserving a spot in your first retreat! I would totally consider making the trip for such an occasion.

  25. Heather

    Congratulations, Lolly! What a great accomplishment! Let me know when and where you’re teaching, and I’d love to take a class with you!

  26. Koru

    ma vidvi sha va hai
    om shanti

  27. Yoga Witch

    I was wondering when you were going to blog about graduating! I’m so excited for you! Congrats!! I can’t wait to hear what you do with your training. I’ve wanted to do this for a while, though, like you, I don’t really want to be a yoga teacher – at least not exclusively. Plus, I have so many worries about doing yoga around other people – so silly, I know. Something I’ll have to get over!

    Anyway, way to go!

  28. Linda

    Congratulations Lolly! You have worked so hard by the looks of it.

  29. terhi

    I just wanted to congratulate you again – your yoga training year has been really amazing, and a real inspiration for me. Thank you so much for the happiness you spread around, I can feel it here in Finland too. :-)

  30. emily

    congrats lolly! this is a wonderful accomplishment. it’s been a real treat to see you go through this training! i know you’ll be an amazing instructor!

  31. Kathy

    What a truly wonderful accomplishment! I had aspired to be a yoga instructor many years ago, but life got in the way. Now I’m trying to reconnect with my own practice. Thank you for sharing. Namaste.

  32. Marietta (rawyoginimari)

    Congratulations, Lolly! I can’t wait to take one of your classes someday! I’m thinking of doing my Anusara Immersion this coming year as well. Jai!

  33. Miss Scarlett

    Congratulations! That’s wonderful!

  34. Preeti

    Congratulations, you did it! I’ve heard this chant recited so many times but never knew what the words meant – now I do!

  35. Claudia

    Huge congratulations, Lolly! What a wonderful achievement :D

  36. Alice

    Hehe I was sure it was a baby! This is very exciting as well, congrats!

  37. Lisa

    Congratulations! I thought this announcement should be coming pretty soon…so glad to see it! What a wonderful accomplishment. :)

  38. Bettylicious

    Congratulations Lolly!!! Have you ever thought on teaching online classes? I’d sign up :)

  39. Jessica Powers

    Finishing such a long program really is a treat, as I’m sure you can feel! Lucky you for being able to follow up the intensity with more of the same, your immersion can only solidify and strengthen the tools and information. Best of luck on your teaching journey!

  40. Rosa

    Congrats, Lolly.

    I am thinking of doing 30 Days of Yoga Challenge. I have no time to go to a class, but use DVDs. I know it is not the same because I won’t have a teacher to adjust. I am enjoying myself and hope to do this as a life long practice.

    Thanks for inspiring me.

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