On Friday, I completed the first week of my 200 hour Yoga teacher training program, and I’m not going to lie to you, its a LOT of work. I am physically and (most of all) mentally exhausted. Since I am partaking in an intensive style program, I am learning a lot of information in a very short period of time. The program goes for 4 weeks, five days a week for 9 hours a day, and then we have two days off per week as well. Its basically a full time job except that I have to come home and do homework as well.
Throughout the entirety of the program, we’ll be doing an asana practice (the physical practice of Yoga, a.k.a. the postures) every single day of the program for 2 to 3 hours. That means, last week alone I did well over 10 hours of exercise. Since I stopped dancing full time almost 5 years ago, my body is not in the shape that it use to be (as evident in my Fitness Challenge posts). Therefore, my body is in a bit of shock to say the least. I also am experiencing some pain in my lower back from sitting on the ground listening to lectures for about five hours per day as well (no, they don’t provide us with chairs, and no, we can’t bring our own). On the bright side, I am already noticing that I’m getting really strong, and I am actually in better shape than I thought I was even though its still a LOT of physical exercise to handle.
I am also learning the philosophy and history of Yoga, and its definitely helping me to reinforce the positive thinking that I have been trying to keep up for quite some time now. I have been reading books on positivity and the power of thought even before I decided to do this training, and I find it amazing that I had no idea about this side of Yoga until now. What I am learning is making me reevaluate and question everything about my life, and I am 100 percent certain that I will come out of this training as a new person. I am already feeling a major difference (not only in my body), but in my mind as well. Its going to take a lot of work (just like the physical practice) to get my mind where I want it to be, but ultimately it will all be worth it.
Final Thoughts: I will definitely try my best to write another update post after week 2 of my program as well. I can’t believe how fast time is flying by, and that week 2 is already about to begin! If you have any questions or comments about Yoga teacher trainings, or what I am learning about, please feel free to leave a comment below or contact me here. Thanks for visiting, and have a great week!