Yesterday I attended my very first class for CorePower Yoga’s, Power Yoga Teacher Training program and I feel cooler already. Ashley, what do you do? I’m a Power Yoga Teacher. BOOM! OK, so I am definitely getting ahead of myself here but it was fun and I’m excited.
Class began with breath, we all closed our eyes and as a group took deliberate inhales and exhales. This is probably a no brainer for yoga training but I think it was genius. I was pretty anxious walking in that room, wondering what to expect, how I’d measure up, if I should just quit now and spare myself the certain embarrassment that awaited. And then we started breathing. I can’t say my anxiety was whisked away but I was substantially calmer. I started to feel united with everyone else in the room, that we were in this together and it wasn’t a competition. We opened our eyes, felt the yummy effects of our breath and prepared for what we all knew was coming: The Ice Breaker.
Of course it was awkward. After mingling for 15 minutes you had to introduce someone you met, include their favorite yoga pose, and something interesting about them. Everyone was a good sport about it, might as well right? (We are all paying to be there.) And honestly it’s a pretty interesting bunch. There’s a sky-diving instructor, a female pilot, a 17-year-old, lots of dancers, (belly, ballet, and burlesque!) all sorts of students, professionals, people who’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time like me and a guy who decided to go 15 minutes before the class started. As the evening continued we learned a lot about what to expect over the next 8 weeks, and engaged in another group activity where we acted out and discussed the 10 principals of CorePower Yoga. All in all it was a good first class, it was informative without being overwhelming, it was interactive, and we got to meet a lot of new people. What really struck me though was this:
Let go of expectations. This was highlighted at the end of class and I realized just how important it was, especially for me. I decided to do this program with the goal of becoming a yoga instructor, which is great but I see how that is also limiting. I have no idea what is going to come out of this process, what is going to happen after I finish or how I am going to feel and I am going to stop trying to figure it out. (My inner control freak is really having a hard time with this one.) My new goal is to enjoy the process, work hard and get whatever it is I am supposed to get out of this experience. I sound like a yogi already, don’t I?
I am also super excited to explore a new niche in fashion, Yoga Teacher Training Chic, YTTC, if you will. It’s a boho athletic mix of, let’s practice our down dog and then get drinks kinda outfit. Dressing for wednesday nights is gonna be FUN!