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.
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!
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