Yoga Teacher Training in Your Sixties

It has been a long time since I last posted, I have been busy and I must admit I have also been a bit of a procrastinator. Since I last posted, I decided to tackle a seven week, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training. I have a very strong yoga and meditation practice so it seemed like a great fit for my summer since Covid-19 delayed my summer travel plans. Therefore, I blindly signed up for an online teacher training with one of my favorite yoga teachers.

It has been great, but I am exhausted. We meet together on ZOOM all day Saturdays and Sundays and also Wednesdays four hours at night. During that time we practice with the teacher, discuss, listen to lectures, and the most terrifying of all, actually have to teach. We did this from the first day and it really was terrifying.

It is a very good type of exhaustion. My mind is never quiet, even as I sleep I am reciting yoga mantras, pose direction, vinyasa flows, and calming, inspirational phrases in my very soothing “mind voice.” However, what sounds good in my head never seems to come out of my mouth. I have spent more time tongue tied, searching for the correct word/phrase, naming the wrong body part than any other time in my life, and I am an educator. Hahaha!

But I am loving it. I have learned so much about myself, about relating to others, and as much as anything I have developed incredible respect for yoga teachers who can lead a motivating, energetic, calming, and physically challenging practice for a class. The hard work is worth it and I have read books I probably wouldn’t have picked up, attended yoga classes that I would not have attended, and become good friends with ladies I would not have known if I had not taken this leap into the yoga world outside of just attending a class. I feel as if I am on my way to becoming a “YOGI,” physically, mentally, and deep in my heart and soul. This is one of the best ways I ever could have spent my summer vacation.

We are on Week 5 – watch for more updates as I follow my Dharma.

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