I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want my yoga to take me. It has become such a vital part of my life that I want to know more about it–the philosophies, the anatomy, the correct terminology for all of the poses. I also love writing about yoga, but I don’t feel like I have the necessary education on the practice to write about it with true expertise. Even though I’ve only been practicing yoga regularly for a year or so, I feel like I’m ready to start thinking about my next step: taking yoga teacher training.
However, I wasn’t sure if I have enough experience yet. I still find many sequences and poses challenging, and I’m not even sure if I want to teach at this point as I really want to improve my own personal practice and become more informed. I consulted a few friends of mine who are yoga teachers to get their advice. I was inspired by their support and encouragement. My one friend told me that if I feel like I’m ready to take this next step in my journey, than I am ready. Another friend said she wasn’t physically able to do everything at first either, but yoga teacher training pushed her and helped her to develop and deepen her practice.
So I’m going to do it and am planning on taking my training in 2016. I need 2015 to get through my other education–the certificate program I am taking at the University of Toronto–as well as work through a few other personal goals. And I’d also like the time to work on my practice, and to become a little more stable in my balancing poses. I want to challenge myself a little more and work on taking a variety of classes as right now I mostly do vinyasa and flow-based classes. I also want to hop around and visit other studios so I can get a feel for different teaching styles and methods.
I feel so excited to begin taking steps towards this next part of my journey. While the actual teacher training is a ways away, knowing I am working towards this is exhilarating to me. I am proud of myself for making this decision. I never expected yoga to have such a huge influence on my life, but every day I am so grateful that it did. I can’t wait to see where this takes me.