Essays, Yoga

Yoga Teacher Training: First Impressions

 

I’ve been practicing yoga with regularity for the past two years, but I hadn’t considered teacher training because I never thought of myself as a teacher (of any kind). I also didn’t think that I would be physically capable. There are several poses I still can’t get into, whether it’s a lack of strength or a mental barrier. The whole proposition intimidated me, and yet I decided to do it anyway. I’m in Week 3, training at theΒ Yoga Bliss studio, which is filled with amazing yogis that follow all the limbs of yoga, not just the physical ones. I’m thankful I found them, and that I’m sharing a class with excellent humans who are just as eager to learn and grow.

So far, I’ve been surprised by how quickly it’s had a positive effect on my yoga practice. The incredible thing about mindfulness is it can start working immediately, all that’s needed is practice! I feel reinvigorated and have already had a couple of epiphanies.

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Lessons Learned: My One Year Yoga Anniversary

The first time I set foot in a yoga studio I regretted it immediately. It was 6 a.m. on a weekday (already a bad idea) in Santa Monica (oof), and I was about to begin my first hot yoga class (double oof). The room was filled with lithe white girls wearing Lululemon, and there I was, in Target athleisure, with a Pilates mat to boot. The feeling was nothing new, I’m used to being the only brown girl in white spaces. It usually doesn’t bother me, but I was already feeling insecure and out of place, and the white gaze only heightened those feelings. I don’t think this yoga thing is going to be for me, I thought.

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