WARNING this post contains schmaltzy and soulful content with one or two (four) motivational quotations which we all secretly love.
I was going to do a post stating (the obvious) love I have for my Yoga teacher training experience, but if you are interested in the facts and opinions then I think questions and answers are a better format. So Q’s & A’s it is.
How did you get into Yoga and what made you decide to sign up for the Yoga Teaching Training course?
I began practicing Yoga about 8 years ago, mainly to keep fit. It wasn’t until moving to Los Angeles and pursuing a career in acting that I began to connect with Yoga on a deeper level (the irony!). Acting will always have a place in my heart, but the up’s and downs of the industry can really take a toll. I would feel so lost at times, so insecure and vulnerable – having a strong yoga discipline helped me see past this. It grants me freedom of expression and emotion and to me – it’s mediation in motion. Most importantly it made me feel really good, it made me feel like me again – something that’s so hard in a industry/place/world that is constantly trying to make you something else. I fell in love with this feeling. And I wanted more. So I decided to sign up to Core Power Yoga Teaching Training Hollywood Studio, October 2015. Best decision of my life x 100000.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” – Eckhart Tolle
How did you pick your course and studio?
There are many different ways to become a Yoga teacher; 200/300/500 hour certification; training with a famous Yogi; 30 day intensive program; mixed mode program; part-time program; year-long program… to name but a few. It’s important to make sure that the course is affiliated with the Yoga Alliance (the mothership of Yoga). After a lot of much needed research I realised I was set on 200 hour Yoga course.
I knew I was in safe hands in Cali- the western capital of Yoga- there’s pretty much a studio on every corner nowadays so, how do you pick? My advice would be to practice at different studios, find one that fits your groove and take it from there. I feel so thankful that I landed on my feet with Core Power because all the studios are so different with many different styles of Yoga and different atmospheres. It’s imperative you find the right match.
“Ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.’ Spirit says, ‘find your peace, and everything will fall into place’.” – Marianne Williamson
What’s expected of you and what did you learn?
To start with – the workload is intense – be prepared to commit everything. You really do get out what you put in. Timing is a crucial part in this journey so make sure you’re ready to jump right in.
For most 200 hour trainings the criteria is pretty similar, to graduate from Core Power you have to take 60 classes during the 8 weeks. These must consist of:
-16 C1’s (the sequence you study)
-39 other classes (at the studio)
-3 outside classes (to get a feel for other studios)
-2 observational classes (where you sit in a class and observe the teacher).
In addition, you have to: complete 4 written essays, a final written exam, keep a daily journal of every single Yoga practice and every class/lecture you partake in. Lectures are for 3 hours, 3 times a week. 90% attendance is a must.
Sound like a lot? Hold on, I’m not finished. During lectures you learn different teaching methods and dive deeper into each pose physically, mentally, and spiritually. You must develop a fuller understanding of anatomy and body mechanics, learn how to provide safe classes for pre-natal women and study Sanskrit. Essentially you study all the facets of living a Yoga lifestyle and what’s called ‘The 8 Limb Path’, in order to develop a comprehensive understanding of the Yoga philosophy.
“Don’t be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try” – Unknown
What transformation/change did you notice from taking the Core Power Yoga Teacher Training?
Everything – mind, body and soul.
As far as the body?… Hollywood arms? – check. Abs? – check. Muscle in places you didn’t realise was there was muscle? – check.
Having to take 60 Yoga classes in 2 months is going to tighten you up, there’s no question about it. I felt like I gained so much confidence and learnt to take chances – I never in a million years would have thought I would get over my fear of doing a headstand. But when you finally go for it? -Girl, that’s progress! It may seem like a small challenge to overcome but it taught me that Yoga isn’t some unattainable chalice that I have to strive for. It’s just something you do. Something we can all do.
I know I touched on what I learnt, but it’s the personal journey you go on which makes it so worthwhile. I began to make peace with myself and stopped putting unnecessary pressure on elements of my life that I have no control over -it’s the best anti-anxiety drug ever. Of course I’m not cured of every neurosis, but Teacher Training has given me the strength to let go of ego –which is what drives our anxieties- and the guidance to get the most from my life.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest dear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us… And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”. – Marianne Williamson
Would you recommend the Core Power training and why?
HELL to the YESS. It was eight weeks of pure heaven (if there was ever such a thing). I can – hand on my heart – say this is best thing I’ve ever done. Firstly a big goal for Core Power is that it aims to make the studio a community, so if you’re a newbie to the city then they will make you feel like your family. I fell in love with a group of strangers and we remain firm friends. The teachers were out-of-this-world-amazing. They inspired me to do better and be better. There’s no ego’s or judgement, it was purely love and support. Connecting with such a wide variety of people allowed me to connect with myself more, which is another reason why I couldn’t recommend training here enough. Even if your goal isn’t to become a teacher, it’s the personal journey which is so magical. And the teachers and fellow Yogis certainly make it so.
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading this most as much as I enjoyed writing it. For any further information send me a message and I’ll be more than happy to reply.