Class Notes, Week 20: Working through the midterm

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.