JET Life

Week 3: Yoga Teacher Training Reflection

On Sunday, we finished going through the entire C-1 sequence! NamaHOORAY! To learn all 42 different postures (if I counted correctly, that’s how many there are), we follow this formula: breath–>posture–> cue. For example: Inhale, Tree Pose (Vrksasana), Place the sole of your right foot onto your opposite thigh. We also learned all of the Sanskrit names for each posture and some of the meanings. So Happy Baby pose in Sanskrit is Ananda Balasana, which translates to “Blissful Child.”

It feels really good to be done learning the complete sequence. It was a lot of information all at once, but as we’re told every class, “you’re supposed to feel overwhelmed at this point!”

Anyposture, on top of being in the yoga “classroom” for 9 hours a week, we are also supposed to write a journal entry after every posture clinic, keep up with our philosophy book, and write a short essay each week on different topics. (This past week, we wrote about how we would guide our students through a challenging posture such as tree pose.) If that doesn’t already sound like a lot of work to you, don’t worry, there’s more! A crucial part of our training is to attend 57 Core Power Yoga Classes (Either C-1, C-2, or Hot Power Fusion (HPF). Sculpt and Core Restore don’t count.) and 3 outside classes. AND we need a journal entry for each class. As of today, I’ve completed 19 classes (mostly C-2s, a few HPFs, and I think 2 C-1s) and written journal entries for each one, but I still have a long way to go. I’m not working at all next week because I’m starting a new job on the 25th, so I have a lot of time to make a big dent in the number of classes I need to take before I can earn my certification.

Aside from all the required “Omwork,”–yes, that’s actually what it’s called–we need to study the formula for each posture and practice the sequence so we can have it memorized. It’s a LOT of work, but having omwork and studying to do helps make the experience more immersive and definitely spending all this money on the training worth it! Our lead coach says “this is yoga, it’s not college,” so all the effort I’m putting in is for myself and not for a grade, but this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. And I’ll be darned if I waste this experience on procrastination and laziness! Meaning I won’t pull an all-nighter to write a semester’s worth of journal entries the night before it’s due anymore, heh.

Though I am totally overwhelmed, yoga as a whole is making much more sense to me now.

Oh, and we also learned how to assist our students during Shavasana, also affectionately known as “corpse pose.” So if anyone wants their third eye massaged, let me know.

Namaste Golden! My first and only CPY swag 😊


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