Reflections on My First Week of Yoga Teacher Training

I have officially survived my first week of yoga teacher training. It feels like so long ago that I was announcing this news. It's an idea i've thought about off an on at many different parts of my life. I even remember looking at a studio in Savannah, GA when I lived there, and thinking it was impossible with my schedule at the time. Funny how what was impossible at a care-free time in my life is now something I am willing to make happen even though I could easily fill my calendar with social activities and work activities until my blood turns to coffee. 

My plans are to check in every Monday with my personal growth and open my heart and learnings right here. Something that I can look back on, but I hope it will inspire at least one person out there to jump in to a teacher training or seek out a CorePower Yoga. This week I will also give you the DL on the NEW CorePower Yoga studio in Kansas City! It's a little more accessible for those living on the Kansas side in the Overland Park area. 119th and Roe to be exact. And it is a beautiful studio!

The photo above is of the lobby at the new studio. I was invited to take their friends and family class as well as get a tour of the digs before the class. Since this is now the 3rd CPY studio I have set foot in I had a general idea of what to expect. Especially since i've been spending so much time at the Plaza location lately. What I did enjoy learning was that they build with very green intentions. From their paints to their floors to their lighting; they use recycled products and chemicals that won't hurt the environment as well as a light bulb that should last up to 5 years in certain places! Seriously.... I need this lightbulb for my apartment. I'm ashamed at my inability to remember lightbulbs when I go to Target. 

I jumped at the chance to join the CPY team to warm up their new space. I have a number of classes I have to finish before training is over so it was the perfect excuse to network on the media/blog front but also fulfill one of my class requirements. CorePower holds a very special place in my life. My story with CPY is a great example that everything truly does happen for a reason. 

My first experience at the studio was when I was living in Washington, D.C. I was lost, confused and depressed. I knew I wasn't where I was supposed to be, but I was having trouble accepting that everything I had worked so hard for the last four years was crumbling in front of me. I had decisions to make about my future. Decisions I knew I couldn't take lightly, and somehow I was clued in about this little yoga studio in Georgetown that offered a free week. I heard free week and thought yoga was probably exactly what I needed, and got myself to a class just about every day. It was the best memory I have of D.C. Which is not to say that all of my memories there were bad, but CPY touched my life in exactly the way I needed. I had taken yoga classes before but none had ever helped me to look deep in to myself and make decisions as this studio did. 

I realized that I have very few photos of myself without a glass of wine in my hand. 

When I found out they were coming to Kansas City I was excited. But I had no idea or foresight in to the future that this studio would continue to help me in unexpected ways. I probably would have laughed if anyone had told me that i'd be going through a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2016. I definitely would have kept to myself that it was a dream of mine. Just one I thought unreachable at the moment. I can't tell you how excited I am that I overheard the times for classes would be after work hours – a question I was too afraid to ask. Because, I knew if I started asking questions I wouldn't want to say no. So I did what one always does when they are afraid to ask a question. I typed an email on my phone and hit send before I could talk myself out of it. And I am so glad that I did. 

Fear of not being good enough was one big obstacle standing in my way. And the fear of opening doors I didn't know existed, in myself and in the world, was the biggest one and is still a fear I am working through. But life is about accepting your fears and looking them dead in the eyes while sending them a big fat middle finger emoji. 

And sometimes you go to a new yoga studio opening and one of the instructors serenades the class while in shavasana. Isn't life fantastic? 

I also left with my new favorite water bottle AND a lulu lemon mat that helps me hold my grip and not slip while sweating my way through a tough C2 class. Thank you, thank you, thank you CorePower Yoga. For the spiritual and tangible gifts that you have given to me. For Transforming my life and my practice in upward and beautiful ways. My thank you's are eternal.

I could have talked to Lisa B., the director of operations, for an entire evening and then some. She was a warm and welcoming soul and answered all of my silly questions about the brand. She also walked me through their merchandise and clothes and gave me her opinion on the brands and was the one that helped me pick out my new Lulu Lemon mat. If there's a pilot light in humans mine was definitely fully ignited after leaving this studio opening. 

I remember seeing these faces that started to grace the studio board back in December. Thinking, hoping and wishing my picture and #CPWhy would be up on the board soon. I stalked this board more than I have stalked my ex's new boo on Instagram. Wondering what their names were and what they were feeling as the training was getting closer. We are one week in and as Lora said "it feels like i've known you all for months." There are 9 other beautiful souls training and transforming with me. We each bring our own story and reason to our mats and I can't wait to learn from all of them. 

Have you ever gone through a teacher training? Leave your tips in the comments!

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