Why did I become a Yoga teacher? I am an admitted Yoga-slacker. When I first started out practicing Yoga, I went with my 2 band-mates. There were three of us girls in Ira Gobu–a piano, bass and drums trio that sang original pop– and every Wednesday evening, we’d pile into the Baracuda and go to the Danbury home of Swami Satchidananda, where we studied with his close devotees. We loved it, and for me, having the support of the group helped me to be regular in my practice. Once the band broke up, I just couldn’t get myself to class anymore, and wasn’t doing Yoga at home very much either. But I LOVED Yoga! I loved how it made me feel inside, and how it gave me a glow on the outside. I liked hanging around with the Yogis. So, I figured, the best way to force myself to keep up the practice was to teach others! I took a month long teacher training with Integral Yoga® at the Satchidananda Ashram, which in those days was in Connecticut. It changed my life.
It could change your life too. These days, the Integral Yoga teacher trainings are held in central Virginia at the Yogaville Ashram. Because it’s a month-long immersion in Yoga–the poses, the philosophy, the meditation, selfless service–the training works on you at many levels. There’s a lot more to it than simply learning how to teach the yoga poses. I
t really can change your life, for the better. And the food is really good too!
I got a newsletter from Lanita Varshall of A Gentle Way Yoga studio today, and she is offering teacher trainings for plus-size Yoga. You can read her newsletter here. And stay tuned for a Big Yoga teacher training, coming in the fall of 2010.
So if you like Yoga, but find it hard to keep it up, give yourself a boost. Take a teacher training, and become a shining example of Yoga!