This past weekend I attended my 6th weekend of yoga teacher training. This puts me half way through the 200 hour training at Sacred Rivers Yoga Studio. I feel so amazingly lucky to be a part of this program. The 200 hour program is made up of 12 consecutive weekends of training, plus 40 non-contact hours which I have chosen to fill by teaching a yoga class at work every week for free.
I started the program in the end of May 2012, and found out I was pregnant 2 weeks later. I knew that I would not be able to finish the program before my baby was born, but I do not think it is any coincidence that I was already carrying my first child when I committed to complete this program.
I have learned so much through my yoga teaching training. I have learned how to truly communicate with my body and how to meditate more effectively. I have learned the importance of living more in the present while at the same time working toward my future goals. I have learned to take life one breath at a time, and that someone else’s decisions do not necessarily have anything to do with me. I have become less judgmental and let go of a lot of anger I used to hold on to. I have realized that there can be a balance between respecting who I truly am with still running a successful household. I spent years looking for meaning and balance and for ways to let go of past situations. I never found the answers through religion or therapy or any other way that I ever attempted. But yoga, and yoga teacher training, has brought me at least to the path to finding these answers.
Yoga teacher training and starting a meditation practice has done all of this for me and more that I cannot even attempt to put into words. I am so grateful that I learned all these lessons and feel more grounded in my life before my daughter was born. I think it will make the transition into parenthood that much easier.
What lessons did you learn before you had kids that you were thankful for?