I had another wonderful day in Redwood City, CA – the second day of my YogaFit Level 1 training. I have so much to say and I’m sure I will forget things, so expect to hear about this all week.
I woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to arrive by 8am (both days are 8am-6pm). The session started out with an introduction to the YogaFit style of teaching. We learned their principles, how their classes are set up, and some history. Then we got to experience a YogaFit style class with our instructor, the lovely Ansley. This strong woman was full of wisdom and energy and really made me remember why I want this so badly.
The morning class was a beautiful flow class – warm-up, sun salutations, deeper holds, floor work, and a long savasana. I was more rejuvenated after this class than I am after a more advanced class. I think it was the energy in the room.
Then we learned over 40 poses and how to cue them. We got to experience another class in the afternoon – a gentle class. This followed the same format as the morning class, but the warm-up was on the back – something I’ve never experienced. Again, I felt refreshed and alert. We ended the day with a circle. Everyone said one word to describe how they felt. Mine: excited.
When we left yesterday we had homework – learn one of the warmups and how to cue it (with notes is okay; I had to learn the standing warmup). Read about the vinyasa flow (called half series). Create 2 flows of 5 poses each with cues. After 10 hours of learning, my brain and body were mush. I did the homework and fell into bed around 11… which was more like midnight because of the time switch.
Got up at 6:45am and reset the alarm for 7… It didn’t go off and I woke up at 7:20. Ran around like crazy and got to today’s session just in time. In the morning we worked on more technique, we had another class (another great flow), and we practiced our warm-ups with partners. This is the best way to learn – jumping right in to teaching.
In the afternoon we did more practice teaching – the two 5-pose flows that we had created the night before, and some of the half-series. I had great partners in the morning and the afternoon and I felt like we all really connected.
Then came more logistical stuff (community service, liability). Every graduate of YogaFit Level 1 has to complete 8 hours of yoga community service. We have to provide classes to people who would otherwise not have the opportunity to practice yoga. Only after we’ve completed this can we get the certificate of completion.
We ended with a game and a circle. Everyone spoke for a few seconds about something that touched them this weekend. Mine: realizing that we need to stay “in the present moment” on and off the mat. So much of the philosophy behind yoga can go beyond the mat and into our daily lives.
My teacher’s closing words: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Gandhi.
The people I met and got to work with this weekend were amazing and I can’t wait to see many of them next month. That’s right – I’m taking YogaFit’s Level 2 training next month at the same place – April 18-19.
What did you learn/realize/experience this weekend?