Yoga Teacher Training – Week One

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The quicker you realize something is not permanent, the quicker you’ll learn to be in the moment and enjoy.

This statement has carried me through Week 1 of my Bali Yoga Teacher Training at Santosha Yoga Institute. I knew this post would be tricky to write because it is impossible to summarize what I’ve learned in the last week and even more difficult to report how I feel about it because… wow.

I guess the most important place to start for those of you who have never attended a yoga training is explaining how yoga as we think of it from our weekly vinyasa classes is only a fraction of what yoga really is. What I’m learning here is  worlds away from the condensed dharma talks and free flow asanas that I’m used to and it’s truly exciting.

The day begins at 5:30 a.m. with mediation followed by asana practice and then breakfast. After, we come back to start four hours of class, this week was based in mostly in philosophy and asana principles. We break for lunch and most of us like to swim (the waves taunt us from the shala for hours and now I can’t wait to get in come 1 p.m.). We come back to continue classes and practice afternoon asana. The day ends with meditation in the form of Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep), Bija Seed Chants (my favorite) or mindful mediation (really tough for me, but I’m learning to let go more and more each day).

 The instructors have been a source of beautiful knowledge, thoughtfulness, encouragement and even a laugh or two. They all have vastly different personalities which bring a lot of colour and perspective into the training.

The real gift has been the wonderful collection of humans that make up the class. From the first minute everyone has been inviting, warm, open and unafraid to get real. It is a group dedicated to a common purpose and supporting each other. Have you ever been in a room where everyone wants to see you succeed? It’s powerful.  We spend way more than 12 hours a day together starting “dark and early” for Asana practice, to lunch time beach swims to sharing dinners and learning about our unique backgrounds that brought us all to this very moment.

This week has left me hungry for more and I look forward to reporting back next week with more updates.

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We are so lucky to have Elizabeth of The Flexible Yogi as our guest blogger on the June Bali Yoga Teacher Training! She will be sharing the process from packing to graduating – and everything in between. Thank you Elizabeth and we look forward to sharing this journey with you 🙂

Feel inspired to begin your yoga teaching training journey with Santosha? Visit our Level 1 RYT-200 Yoga Instructor Course page and start the first step on your new path today!

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