Sunday, November 13, 2016
Yoga Training Update
I recently passed the half-way mark for the semester, so it's probably time for a real update on my RYT course.
Since Lincoln no longer naps (unless Kevin is home to magically put him down), I only have evenings to get my homework done. That's been a big adjustment for me since in the early part of the semester I had about an hour during the day to study while Linc napped and Aspen was not yet home from school. If anything didn't feel complete after that, I dove back in at night. Now, doing it all at night after the kids are in bed is tiring, but I honestly love the work so much. The readings slowed down a lot after a few weeks, so that has made a big difference in how stressed I've felt. Now I'm mostly going over my lecture notes and preparing yoga practice outlines and turning in papers in anticipation of my finals and presentations.
My Intro to Yoga class didn't have a midterm, but Anatomy had one worth 300 points. It was a lot of work to study and prepare for that, but I did really well (94%!). And after going over the test with the instructor, I'm more aware of my weaknesses and what I need to work on in order to do better on the final.
The two courses I've been taking have opened my eyes and given me a deeper understanding of yoga and the human body. It is so interesting to me and I'm sure everyone I talk with is so flippin' tired of hearing me go on about it. But it's a huge part of my life once again and I'm excited about it!
As part of my Intro class requirements, I've been trying to do at least 3 hours of yoga each week. I've been regularly attending a class at the Rec Center (since I'm an employee it's free and I just pay to leave Linc in my daycare), and lately have added another class at a nearby studio I've been to three classes there in the last couple of weeks, and two of them were pretty terrible. The most recent one I went to was probably the most uncomfortable I've ever been in any yoga class, EVER. And I've been through a 90 minute class before with a painfully full bladder. The class last week literally did a couple of forward folds (bend in half toward the toes) for a warm up and called it good. I was once again the only person in class, and it happened to be really awkward. There wasn't any music, and it was actually physically painful due to the lack of warm up. I didn't go into many of the poses (which we held for a looooooong time) because my body was protesting it. When the hour was up I wanted to sprint out of there as fast as I could but I couldn't BECAUSE I NEVER WARMED UP.
When I was at Weber State, there were many times I found myself the only person in attendance for Kathi's yoga classes (she's one of the instructors who helped me fall in love with yoga). But it was never awkward. She even invited me to Thanksgiving at her home because we built a rapport during those one-on-one practices. So I know it's not just me being a weirdo at these Local Yoga classes and being the reason it's awkward. Kev and I discussed today how lucky I was all those years I attended drop-in yoga at WSU. Claudette, Jan, Brittany and Kathi are some truly amazing instructors. And I did appreciate them so much back then! But now that I have more to compare them with, it's more apparent than ever that those ladies had a deep understanding of yoga.
In the coming weeks, I have a guided meditation outline to turn in, and I get to teach a 30 minute practice to my class. I'm a little nervous to teach since it's been a long time for me, but I'm still looking forward to it. I'm comfortable in front of a group, and I recognize I've learned a lot in the last few months that has prepared me to be a better teacher than I was four years ago.
Spring semester I'm tentatively planning to take the two final courses, plus the practicum. I debated waiting and taking the practicum (the course during which all the students take turns teaching for the semester) in the summer, but there's no guarantee I can get the teacher I favor if I wait until summer. I've talked to my classmates about the course load and am not sure how I'll swing everything, but I think doing it all in the spring will be worth it. If I'm not going to school this summer, my dream of spending 3 weeks to a month in Maine for a vacation with the kids is more likely to happen... so the beach might be my reward for getting through a heavy spring course load. I'd say that's worth it!
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