by guest blogger and recent graduate of The Art of Teaching Kate Barry
Well… what a month that was! I finished up the teacher training course yesterday and feel a little bit all over the place today. I’m back to work so am typing this on my lunch break and feeling like I’ve barely even processed everything from the past few weeks before I’m trundled back into “normal life”. It was so strange to wake up this morning and not drive to the studio and I feel similar to when you return home from a holiday with a pal and then have to get used to being by yourself again… except I’m missing a whole big group of people that I’d gotten used to being around. They were such an amazing group to share the experience with.
The last week of the course was a bit nerve wracking between theory exams on Anatomy, Subtle Anatomy & Asana… then of course the big moment was the practical exam and teaching a 45 minute class. For someone who would feel sick at the thoughts of anything like that before, I actually managed ok… and I was pretty proud of myself. It’s not often I do anything so big that warrants really being proud of myself, but there’s no denying that the last month was a big deal.
It has given me even more respect for the hard work and effort that goes into yoga classes, the planning and sequencing of the classes is one thing, but all the hard work and learning that happens on teacher training courses is another. It’s not a walk in the park by any means, but it is so rewarding and so worth it. And if I think that putting classes together is hard work then I can only begin to imagine the hours upon hours that Naomi and Sibylle put into planning the course.
For me right now I’m taking a week or two to just ease back into normality. A new normal, where I really want to hold on to not only all the new knowledge I’ve learned about yoga, but also what I’ve learned about myself and life. I’m really excited to see where I and my classmates go next on our journey. Every one of us has such good intentions of how we hope to use our Yoga Teacher certification and I’m so looking forward to continuing on the path with them.
It’s tough to find the words to describe the whole immense experience but in short I would say “life changing”. If teacher training is something that has been at the back of your mind for a while then I 100% recommend that you take the jump. It’s scary and tough at times and I don’t have a fixed plan of what I’ll do next just yet, but I do know it was an amazing experience that I’ll never forget and hopefully it’s only the start of something new. A really huge thank you to Sibylle & Naomi and also everyone at Yoga Dublin for all of the hard work and guidance that they gave. I will no doubt be back at classes in a couple of weeks… ever the student.
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About the Author
Kate has been practicing yoga since 2013. With a grateful love and appreciation for life and the world we live in she has a passion for yoga, both on and off the mat.