The Moksha yoga teacher training program requires me to journal once each week about my experience with the poses and assignments + my practice and progress. This is part of that weekly assignment.
My take-home midterm has 225 questions. A few examples:
- What is the meaning of Om?
- Compare and contrast Sri K. Patabhi Jois and the Sage Patanjali. What is the relationship with Asthanga Yoga for each?
- What is the benefit of short stance in Triangle?
- How would you work with a student for excessive curve of the lumbar?
- How is uddiyana used in asana practice versus in kriya practice?
- Name the five Yamas, set an intention to practice one each day (for a week), then journal about your experience.
- What bandha controls the cervical spine?
- What are the the three primary benefits/effects of contracting the quads?
- The five great elements , or mahapanchabhuta, correspond to which property in nature?
- What is the name of the innermost channel of sushumna described as fine as a golden thread?
- Sutras 1.34-1.39 describe how to stabilize the mind. Practice one of the meditation techniques for a week and journal about your experience.
This open-book midterm ain’t “easy.” I’ve spent the past two months working through the questions — and hour here, 30 minutes there. I’m pretty much done. Finally.
It’s been a terrific learning experience, and a reminder of the wonderful complexity of the Moksha teacher training program. This program isn’t just about the asanas, the physical body, the anna-maya-kosha. These 225 questions definitely accent that. The deeper and deeper I sink into this program, that “let’s learn how to teach a proper pose” component, while still important, becomes less and less the heart of this journey.
This program is lifting a veil, and helping me become better person — and through this transformation, I’ll become a more effective yoga teacher.