10,000 Vinyasas

Certification Complete

by on Apr.24, 2011, under Acro Yoga, teaching, Yoga, Yoga practice

Well, as of yesterday, I’m officially done with teacher training, following a brief and painless meeting with our trainer. I note that this certification has really very little to do with how good a yoga teacher one is, and it was only for the value of the credential that I undertook to obtain it. It was the only ambition that I had regarding my yoga practice, and now it is over. Seems that I can now consider teaching at resorts in exchange for free or reduced stays, which would be interesting, I guess. I did actually learn some new stuff during this training, and I enjoyed getting to know many of the trainees (“yoga brings people together”). Despite the above, I did feel an unexpected sense of accomplishment when I exited from the meeting yesterday. Not that I’m looking to expand my teaching much at this point; my “other” job has been busy and I also have many other interests and projects that take up time. Nonetheless, I get enormous gratification from teaching people yoga, and my life would be quite empty without it. Sure, it sometimes infringes on practice time, but the psychological benefits are tremendous. That was one point of agreement I had with our trainer.
(practice notes) I’ve been doing more Ashtanga, both on my own, and in led classes lately. The style really is cathartic; it burns away mental impurities and leaves me feeling relaxed and joyful for the rest of the day. At the same time, it’s challenging enough to retain my interest and record my progress, at least in my head. I’m picking up a lot of good practice tips from Lisa Long’s led class. Oh, and acro’s going well too.

6 Comments for this entry

  • Elizabeth

    Congratulations Carl! You were a great instructor without your certification but it is a milestone that you should be proud of. I feel honored to call you teacher and I am grateful for your inspiration and encouragement in my practice. Namaste!

  • Becky

    Congratulations Carl! I know that was a lot of work and it’s great to have it finished!

  • carl

    Thanks, guys! I was hoping it would have more Ashtanga in it, but we did have 2 Saturdays with Mike Matthews. If you’re interested in practicing with him, Ana is hosting his Mysore practice on May 7 from 10:00-12:00.

  • Becky

    My training didn’t have much Ashtanga in it either, but I went to classes, workshops, and read books. Now I teach Ashtanga-lite.

  • carl

    Becky, I’m looking to come to your class someday soon! I’m going to Robert Boustany at Yoga in Motion this Sunday.

  • Becky

    haha, I just saw this…after you came to my class!

    It was more fun as a surprise!

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