April 2013

Over the past few months we “TT’s” have been deeply entrenched in the work at hand, perhaps at times feeling unequal to the task, and understandably rather self involved! Now, as we prepare to turn the last page of this life chapter, we can glance up beyond our noses and consider ‘what happens now?’. We all have some ideas……

Laura is inspired to bring the peace of Yoga practice to women who desperately need peace. Carol has more tools to enhance her work in Wellness Management. Dea’s seniors will be the beneficiaries of her new skills and refreshed commitment.

Julie is full of characteristic enthusiasm, ready to bring new things to her students at home. Ashley’s goal was to deepen her own personal practice and has found, along the way, the desire and confidence to teach. Brandy has a dream to combine her love of Yoga with her Art.

Sally says the program has exceeded her expectations in developing her personal practice. Sonya will infuse the wisdom of Yoga into her professional life and her photography. And, I predict that Lynn, after she’s had a chance to percolate on the Bhagavad Gita, will soon be emailing us from Long Island, saying “can I ask you a question….”.

Me? Well, this experience has certainly changed me and I guess I need a little time to assimilate – sort of an extended savasana! One thing I know for sure: the limitations I had placed on myself have been significantly altered, my comfort zone expanded, my sights lifted. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to help others find that? Perhaps bringing Yoga to people who may never have imagined it is “for them”? We’ll see where the path leads.

We all have some ideas, yet I think that every one of us embraces the belief that the work itself has been the reward. We are left with open hearts to whatever may lie ahead, as we take our places in the Yoga community, accepting the responsibility and joy of sharing what we have learned.

Very soon, the exams will be over, the celebratory gatherings will pass. There will be hugs, well wishes and promises to stay in touch, to have lunch, to see each other in class. Regardless of how much or how little we see each other in the future, we are forever connected and we know this is not an ending. We’ve hardly scratched the surface on the subject of Yoga. And the answer to the question “How long will it take me to ‘get this’” is “The rest of your life”.

Namaste’

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I couldn’t possibly sign off on this Teacher Training Blog series without expressing our deepest gratitude to Bonnie and Jennifer. My, they are patient! They are wise. They are loving. They are kind. They are fun. They are charming and beautiful. We are blessed to have them in our lives. Our immediate community and our extended Yoga community are blessed by their presence. I could go on and on, but they are also humble, and they know how we feel.