It’s the weekend of Yoga Nook Teacher Training practicums, and I’m sitting in a corner of the studio with a clipboard in my lap, pen poised. I’m attempting to be as inconspicuous as possible as I critique the teachers, but stress levels are high.
Their personal yoga journey has brought them to this point. Standing in front of a group of students, they are about to teach their first yoga class. From this moment on, they are true yoga teachers.
They’re nervous – no escaping that – yet on some level, they know that the last 10 months of practice and study are about to pay off. From philosophy to technique, and a large helping of looking inside to find their essential selves, they’ve discovered new strengths, learned new skill sets and developed the teacher within.
They have all changed from the students that began this program in January. Each transformation has been unique and stunning in its evolution. Their perspective has shifted – indeed, it will never really be the same again, as the wealth of knowledge they have accumulated will make each yoga class richer and more meaningful.
Their experience of their personal yoga practice has deepened because they can identify class progression, escalation and resolution. The thousands of years that Yoga has been used as a foundation for meditation, focus and self-control now becomes the pool from which they draw inspiration for teaching their own classes.
For us, the faculty, we are honored to be part of this remarkable process. We teach them how to hold a class in their hands and in their hearts. We guide them to discover their true Self so that through this discovery, they can be a creative leader. We offer support when they are frustrated or confused, and through being human and living our own Yoga, we are their touchstone.
Congratulations to the 2015 graduates. You are all exceptional students, and the faculty wish you the very best of luck as you continue to share your Yoga with the classes you teach and the people in your lives.
If you are interested in becoming a Registered Yoga Teacher and joining the group now forming for January 2016, take a look at the syllabus on our website or contact us via email. Proficiency in asana is preferred but not required; the only prerequisites are an open mind and heart.
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