It’s taken me more than a week to write about my final weekend of yoga teacher training. So much came together during that last weekend – learnings, lightbulbs, emotions, tears, support and friendship. It’s been hard to distill it all.
I want to recap the weekend here and then share some bigger lessons in another post.
After finishing my teaching final, I felt light and free. Giddy. I had a smile on my face for most of the week even when I had to study for my last written test.
I had one weekend left of teacher training. 160 hours down. 20 hours to go.
When I entered the studio to start my final weekend, there was a knot of emotions and energy sitting in the pit of my stomach, kind of like how I felt during my first weekend of training but the emotions were the complete opposite.
The final weekend was reminiscent of summer camp – you don’t want it to end because you’ve met people who know you in a way that the people in your regular life don’t and people who love you after knowing you for a short period of time. You don’t want it to end because you’re afraid of breaking the bubble and being set back into the daily routine and hubbub of your life. You are afraid of losing it – that feeling, that connection.
We spent most of the weekend practicing yoga. 7 1-hour classes to be exact as everyone else had to lead their teaching final. While it was a lot of yoga, I loved being a student in everyone’s final class.
We all learned the same material over the past two months yet the way that information was translated was so different. Some classes incorporated more dance-y elements. Other classes focused on the chakras and chanting. Others opened our hearts. It was really beautiful to see everyone express themselves through the class that they created.
And I was so so proud of everyone.
Saturday afternoon, we hunkered down for our last written exam. This one only had 52 short answer questions. While I didn’t necessarily feel as prepared as I did for our last test, I was less nervous and stressed about it. I sat down with the test and wrote for 3 hours straight.
I was talking to my best friend on the phone after I got home when I received an email from my teacher Nikki.
“You rocked it Christine. Really fantastic job. You passed and will graduate tomorrow!”
Holy shit I made it through.
Our closing ceremony was very special and sweet. Ed and the boys came to support me which meant a lot. We opened the ceremony by closing our eyes and chanting Om. Everett quickly made it known that he did not want to close his eyes. He then turned to Ed and said, “Daddy! Don’t close your eyes!”
The evening was really about sealing our experience together as a group and the incredible space we opened up within ourselves and among each other as a community. Nikki had us draw slips of paper from the middle of the room. I swear that she was going to have us teach a random yoga pose on the spot, much like she did when we were in Connecticut.
Instead, she has us draw the name of someone from the group. We then had the honor of presenting that person with their graduation certificate and a beautiful kale flower (who knew kale flowered?) and sharing a few words with that person. I think that we were all in tears by the end of the evening.
At the end of the night, I asked Everett what he liked most about the ceremony. Despite being slightly freaked out by closing our eyes, he said, “I liked the music and the singing Mommy.”
You guys. I’m officially a yoga teacher. What?!? It hasn’t quite sunk in yet and I don’t think that it really will until I start teaching regularly. I’m certified to teach vinyasa and hatha yoga.
And I do want to teach. What does that mean? Well, I have to audition at different yoga studios to get on the sub list and work my way up from there. Yup, you have to audition to get on the sub list in NYC as I’m sure you have to in other larger cities.
I also hope to book private sessions with people who want a customized approach and more attention as well as corporate classes for those businesses that want to bring yoga into their workplace. If you know someone who’s interested, please let me know.
It’s scary to start off literally at zero but it’s also a tremendous opportunity.
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More about my yoga teacher training experience:
- Yoga Teacher Training – Weekend 1
- Yoga Teacher Training – Week Intensive
- Teaching Voice
- A Day in the Life of Compassion
- Teaching Final
- 9 Lessons from Yoga Teacher Training
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