Before I flew South to run the Siskiyou Outback 50k, I received an email from my favorite yoga studio. They announced their next Teacher Training event would be starting in September... and I decided to reach out to these lovely people (because I did not meet all of the specified requirements) to ask if I would be able to be considered for the program. Fortunately, based on my commitment to running, and the athleticism therefore gained, they enthusiastically said yes! I gleefully paid the deposit to hold my spot in the class and went about my summer of the big run and the many, many weddings.
After I returned from Ashland and the Siskiyou mountains, I started attending weekly social events; I attended four weddings and a funeral this August (one wedding was in September), kind of ironic. Each event was lovely, and time flew by! Before I knew it, weeks had passed without a blog post, and I was starting yoga teacher training!
I have now completed my first week of training. And Oh.My.Goodness. I am simply exhausted! When you decide to go through teacher training, yes my fellow yogi - you, I highly recommend that you fully mentally prepare yourself for not having much of a social life. 20 hours of class and study and then some on top of a 40+ hour work week is a lot. Not to mention the fact that I also have hired a coach to help me figure out my next steps in life, which is a lot more personal research, growth, and homework of activities and planning.
Sometimes I find myself wondering: "Why am I doing all of this now?"
Each time, my answer remains the same - there have been some major catalysts for change in my life over the last two years, and finally I made the decision to jump in head first - dive in to all the things I have wanted and neglected. My patience had run out, and it was time to just go for it.
I cannot remember when I decided I wanted to go through yoga teacher training. My first ever class was a PE credit in college. And I loved it! That class was such a stress reliever. I felt amazing after yoga (and SOOOO relaxed!). I remember getting breakfast and then taking a nap before my next class. Ah... those were the days... But there is something about yoga that has always had a strange and wonderful pull on my heart. I feel lighter, happier, and more ... complete, at peace, and open to be in a joyful state. I am always prepared after a yoga class to get out and interact with other human beings, as I know that my mind is in a much better state to receive and impart information. Here I am, finally taking initiative in my own life to achieve what my heart has desired for so long! Wow!
I am following my heart's desire!!!
For the first time in my life, I am making choices to move toward purposeful living. Currently, I am on a cleansing diet - no sugar, caffeine, gluten-filled grains - and this, too makes each day challenging. I spent the late evening hours Friday baking, and Saturday morning I was cooking up a storm making future dinner or lunch dishes. I am learning to cook and eat in a very different manner, and although this diet is recommended for 14 days, I think I am on my way to a significant change in the way I eat post-cleanse. I've always wanted to be one of those people who eats odd, healthy foods, and now here I am, due to current ailments and a doctor's recommendation, learning how to be who I have admired for so long. (More dreams into reality).
What I have learned over the first week of yoga classes is that I need a lot more alone time while I am working and learning. I can feel my body getting stronger already, and my mind is processing so much information, surely growing as well, and just needs more rest.
On that note, please forgive me if I am not posting about running as much, as you may see the content of this page change a little to discuss yoga and the personal transformative process that comes out of this training. I have so much to learn in the next ten weeks, and it is hard to believe I it is possible to learn all that is needed in this short time, let alone the fact that my final exam is teaching a full 60 minute class!
Until next week, happy running everyone, and if you get a chance pop into a yoga class (especially Yin!). It is so great to stretch those tight muscles!
with love, light, and delight! ~Alaina