Do you have a bucket list?
I have a small one that I add things to and cross things off of every now and again.
This past month I got to cross another thing off my list, by completing my 200hr yoga teacher training certification.I have been wanting to do this for quite some time, but never thought it would actually happen. The time commitment and cost scared me away for the longest time, but my mind kept drawing me back to the idea, not letting me forget that it was something that I was super interested in and passionate about.I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with yoga over the years. My yogic journey began when I first lived in South Korea. I practiced at a beautiful studio in Busan, South Korea that inspired my love for yoga. Though I learned everything in Korean, understanding very little of what was being said, it was no matter, I fell in love with it.
Since then, I have practiced mostly on my own at home, via youtube, taking some classes sporadically at my local gym as well. I consider my journey with yoga like a long time best friend. It doesn’t really matter how much you do or don’t connect with them over the years, they will always be there, and when you meet again, it’s just as great as the last time.
When Adrian moved to Indonesia for work last winter, the idea of me doing my YTT certification in Bali intrigued me right away. So when I moved to Indonesia in October, living in Northern Sumatra with Adrian for a month, I then moved South to Bali, to Sanur and immersed myself into all things yoga.It took me a long time to decide where to do my training. I did a lot of research and weighed all the pros and cons, from location, to cost, instructors, timing, style etc., I questioned it all. Should I go to Ubud, Bali, the hub of yoga, art and culture or somewhere else closer to the water? Did I want to do it retreat style (all-inclusive) or be more independent. I looked at all the options and was confident with the decision I made.I was beyond happy living in Sanur and doing my training at awesome Power of Now Oasis. Not only is the setting beautiful, a natural bamboo structure situated right on the ocean, the staff, instructors and course content of the training were perfect.Sanur, Bali is a quiet beach town that is a lot more laid back than the neighbouring areas of Seminyak and Kuta. The people are friendly, the food is delicious and things are a bit cheaper too. It’s the kind of place that instantly charms you.
Doing my YTT here was one of those experiences that I felt was meant to be. The 17 women and one man (lucky him!) that I studied and practiced with each day made the experience such a rich one. Learning alongside likeminded people is so wonderful. To top it all off, our passionate and loving instructor, Jolie Manza, was everything one could hope for in a teacher. She was super knowledgeable, caring, compassionate, friendly etc., and truly knows how to teach you to be a confident teacher. Her passion and dedication to yoga in quite evident and her willingness to share her knowledge in such a humble way was beautiful. She is a star!Over the course of the month, the days were long, the work was tiring, but you finish each day feeling like you have gained so much knowledge. Starting at the beginning you cannot fathom understanding ALL the sanskrit names of postures, theory, and anatomy, but somehow it all sticks. Each day you learn more, teaching your fellow students over the course of the month, feeling more and more confident and excited about the prospects of teaching yoga to the world.I loved yoga before, but am now truly inspired to share yoga with others. The fire has been lit and I am excited to pass it on (are you ready?). I have warned my family and friends, that upon my arrival to Canada for Christmas, they can anticipate lots of yoga sessions. What better way for me to practice and them to find balance and mindfulness through a sometimes hectic season. A win-win I think.I loved teaching my first public class at the end of the course and have continued to practice each day thereafter, testing out some sequences on myself and Adrian (he is a very willing student, aren’t I lucky!) in preparation for future classes. One of the things that I love most about yoga is that you can keep learning. You can learn from other teachers, students, online, in books and the journey never ends.
Yoga is a beautiful thing that lives on and off the mat. Yoga is now and it encompasses all aspects of our lives. It is non-judgmental, imperfect, loving, strong, mindful.(Thanks to the lovely Michael and Alex from Couple’s Coordinates for some of these fun acro-yoga shots. Check out their blog for tons of beautiful, helpful and inspiring travel tips)
If you have ever thought about doing a YTT certification, I would highly encourage you to do it! It’s quite a fun and life changing experience. It’s hard to truly describe the experience in one post, so if you want to know more about my training, details, location etc., please don’t hesitate in asking, I would love to chat about it.
What does yoga mean to you?
Have you ever thought of doing a yoga teacher training? Any fun things on your bucket list?