Week 1: What It’s Like to Do a Yogaworks Teacher Training


I’m about to finish my second week of Yogaworks Teacher Training, but I want to try to recap each week. I’m doing a Yogaworks intensive training, which means, all yoga training, all the time, from 9-5, Monday-Friday, for a month.

I’ve wanted to do this for a few years, but the timing was never right for an intensive…and to be honest, I just didn’t want to give up nights and weekends. New city, flexible schedule? IN.

It has been amazing, it has been difficult.

I have learned so much about myself, I have learned so much about others, I have learned so much about yoga, I have learned so much about the world. Truly—I’m not exaggerating any of that.

Our day is broken up like this (with also 20-25 minutes of meditation at some point):

9-10ish: review of anatomy. I’m pretty solid on that after getting my NASM certification, thanks to my BFF the professor tutoring me

10ish-11:30 or 12ish: yoga practice. The first week, our practice averaged around 1:20 — sometimes 1:10, sometimes 1:40, by the end of the week. Some days that felt like 20 minutes; some days it felt like 3 hours. Either way, it’s certainly getting easier to practice longer, for whatever that’s worth.

12ishish: we break down the sequence we just did, and we discuss why each pose was done in that order and what are some good cues to teach it/which cues resonated with us.

12:30-1:30ish: lunch!

1:30-4ishh: Usually, after lunch, we’ll look at 1-3 poses in depth, and talk through which muscles are activated, how we should think about cueing in our own words (i.e. I would tell you “firm your hip in” rather than “firm your gluteus medius in.)

At this point in the afternoon, we’ll also practice teach—in this Week 1, in groups of 3-4. By practice teach, I mean one, maybe two poses. Still, as scary as it was at first, I like that we’re practicing on real people before going out into the world.

4-5: SUTRA STUDY! We spend the last hour of the day talking about philosophy, basically. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali  are the text that yoga is based on—the physical practice, the breath practice, and the meditation practice. The text also gives advice on how to get through life, and while some of the ideas are great, they can be difficult to translate into 2018 life circumstances, though are a nice ideal.

I’ll be honest—I am having a HARD time with the sutras, and that I believe many of these principles but cannot achieve them, or at least, yet. But I guess the journey is part of it? etc etc:)

What’s your fave yoga pose? Any questions about the training I can answer (other than what will I do with it? Still working on that one.)

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