This year I decided to invest in taking the 200-hour yoga teacher training program. I wanted to take it to deepen my practice and to learn how to teach. I feel I have come to a point in my practice where the passion I have for yoga needs to grow — there is so much about it that I am just beginning to learn and grasp. I also feel an impulse to share my passion with others via teaching yoga, because I have felt how inspiring it is to see others grow in their own practice and to see new people get excited and committed to practicing it.
The First Hundred Hours
I signed up for a Krama Teacher Training program in Medellin, Colombia with a professor from Costa Rica. At first, I had no idea what I was getting into, but I was looking forward to learning as much as possible and practicing a lot. It was definitely intense, but good intense. Each day we learned new topics ranging from the History and Philosophy of Yoga to the Alignment, Basic Principles, and Biochemistry of the Body. We learned about what Krama Yoga is, the story of the Bhagavad Gita, and the Yoga Sutras, as well as about Prana, Loops, Bandhas, Mudras, Chakras, to name a few. We also did an hr or longer yoga practice sessions each morning and evening, learning new postures, doing Sun Salutations, and putting a lot of the principles learned into action.
According to what I learned, Krama means sequential process or sequential order. It’s about the sequential order in which we need to flow together with nature and our hearts flowing radiance. To go step by step in the transforming process of reaching a whole-body balance (body, mind, and soul), while profoundly enjoying the here and now.
After the amazing one hundred hours of training, I can feel each day I practice and review what I have learned allows that seed that was planted during the training to take shape and grow into small achievements. It’s as though the whole being is truly getting transformed with each passing day — getting a deeper understanding of the true nature of yoga, the true nature of who we are and what the body and mind are capable of doing by means of practice as well as the connection with our essence. I can only image what the second half of the training will bring to the surface and I very much look forward to it.
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