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.
This will be my last post with the title “Class Notes.”
Yes, I am certified!
As my Facebook announcement sums up best: “A seed planted with my first yoga class at 19 years old … has blossomed into this. I have never worked so hard in my life. Thanks to my family, friends, teachers and colleagues for your support, encouragement and patience over this past year and a half. Namaste indeed.”
It’s true: I have never worked so tirelessly and so passionately toward a goal. This experience and credential is as valued — if not more so! — than my degrees from Northwestern University. I worked so much harder at this. Perhaps to the chagrin of my parents (who invested a lot of money in my university education), there’s more personal meaning and significance bundled into this single piece of paper. Plus, this accomplishment goes far beyond embodying a vocation; it’s simultaneously been a journey of tremendous self discovery, layered with intense emotions, personal growth and transformation. While all of this happened in college, too, it didn’t happen to the level that I experienced during yoga teacher training — and certainly not in such a condensed amount of time.
Along with the elation and joy I get from finally holding this piece of paper, it’s also a powerful reminder of what it took to get here: endurance, perseverance, sacrifice. Of course … the endurance, perseverance and sacrifice was all worth it.
Last night, my teacher trainee group gathered at Daren’s loft to celebrate our collective milestone: yoga teacher training graduation. Decked out in white, just as we had been at the Opening Circle (read about that here), each of us had a chance to recount how the program served us and how we plan to apply our knowledge into the world.
As we went around the room, a beautiful collective transformation sprung to life. How far each of us has come in the span of a little more than a year! It seems like only yesterday when we were at the Opening Circle, meeting each other for the very first time. And now, we were recounting life progressions such as this:
- One peer found empowerment to divorce her husband of 18 years because they were no longer in alignment with each other
- One peer was able to establish a daughter-father relationship that didn’t exist prior to the teacher training, rekindled with the help of our anatomy class and understanding the neurophysiology issues that effected her father
- One peer jumped ship from the corporate world and back to school so she could forge a career in Eastern medicine and acupuncture
- One peer built a for-profit kids yoga business; another peer also nurtured an existing kids yoga service that is currently tethered to Moksha Yoga Center
- One peer is going back to school to get her nursing degree
- One peer decided to leave her boyfriend of three years because the relationship no longer served her
- One peer finally eliminated all anxiety and depression medications from her health and wellness routine
- One peer is developing a business plan to open up her own yoga studio
- Nearly all of my peers are teaching yoga in some capacity or continuing with a work-study position at Moksha Yoga Center