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Establishing roots, structure

Doing a yoga teacher training and teaching yoga changes your relationship with yoga.

~Vickie Russell Bell, last night in class

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The Deep Yoga program includes classwork, reading, home practice and so much more.

Last night was my first night of yoga teacher training class.

I was excited, nervous, overwhelmed, tired and ready to learn.

One of my regular and favorite yoga teachers, Vickie, taught class last night.

The first Thursday night class was three hours of introduction to standing poses.

Just taking regular classes from Vickie has already provided me with a lot of knowledge about yoga and the body. But I know really focusing on alignment and knowing more will make me a better yogini and a good teacher.

Class consisted of talking along with instruction with a good amount of good questions, some note taking along with a lot of actual standing poses.

Alignment was a big focus last night. It’s important. And I don’t think I spend enough time really thinking about the placement of my body while in a pose.

Alignment is something that some of my teachers (like Vickie and Baxter) focus on. Not all my teachers focus on it as much. And I definitely need more of that.

I took a yoga class this morning. And the class was already different for me. Just one night of teacher training and I am thinking about yoga differently, definitely paying attention to placement in poses with my body but especially my feet.

In yoga poses, just as in life, we need structure. We need roots. One of my favorite (and there are many) Vickie quotes that I have been hearing (and I am listening, Vickie) is that you have to go down to go up. So simple yet so complex.

One class down and a lot to go. As I learn more about my body, my practice and yoga I will share with you. I hope you will enjoy my adventure in learning.

6 Responses to “Establishing roots, structure”

  1. Jessie Christiansen Says:

    Yay Ann!! Glad it was so enriching. I hope the whole course continues to be awesome. Are there many students in the class?

  2. Ann Says:

    Thanks, Jessie.
    There are 24 students in this program.

  3. Monica Says:

    Hello Ann,
    so happy for you and for a great first day of class 🙂
    I know that you will be a great yoga teacher. I will be your guinea pig and your supportive friend if you need one!

  4. Ann Says:

    Thanks, Monica. I will be happy to try to teach you. 🙂 And thanks for being a supportive friend. I will definitely need you when I start to go crazy.

  5. Nicole Meade Says:

    You have to go down to go up – I like that. I have some challenges going on in my life off the mat right now, and I think that could become a good mantra for me in both realms. Glad you are liking the program, and proud of you for pursuing it!

  6. Ann Says:

    Life off the mat can be so challenging. Glad to hear you like the mantra and plan to use it.
    Thanks for your kind words.