Class Notes, Week 40: Request for an extension

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.

Today I asked for an extension to complete my yoga teacher training certification.

Reason: I don’t want to rush the final requirements simply to finish by September.  One hundred dollars buys me an additional three months — time to allow the fruits of my labor over these past nine months to really blossom, and eliminate unnecessary stress this summer.

Here are the big “assignments” that I have left to complete:

  • Teach six karma/community classes
  • Teach three privates
  • Goodwill class
  • Book report (yoga book of my choosing)
  • Final project: three days of silence and/or two weeks of Ayurvedic diet
  • Final workshop: plan, prepare, market and teach

This final workshop is something I’m not completely settled on … yet.  I thought I’d devise a class around conquering fears — and tethering it to everyone doing a handstand in class.  But after my teacher training with Shiva, I am attracted to exploring meditation and mudras within a workshop setting.  I want to use the summer, and the karma/community classes I’ll be teaching, to experiment and come to a confident conclusion about what to pursue.  I want it to matter.

Zoey, the yoga teacher training coordinator, once told me that the topic will choose me … versus me choosing the topic.  I’m not convinced that topic has selected me yet.  More time will help, so that I can teach a meaningful workshop by December.

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