A Day In The Life During 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training

I have been practicing yoga for over 5 years now (somehow Robert seems to think he’s the one who got me into it in the first place). When I started, it was all about the workout and improving my flexibility to stay injury free for soccer; however, the more I practiced and expanded my knowledge, the more I realized that yoga was becoming something much more for me. In a high stress and fast paced society, yoga was the one thing that always brought me back into the present moment and cultivated a greater sense of emotional and physical mindfulness. I realized, that although I am not a “religious” person per say, I was cultivating a spiritual practice through yoga and I saw my practice seeping into my everyday life in positive ways.

As an exercise science major, my studies in university went hand in hand with yoga. I learned how the body was made to move and how to move it safely. Although my classes taught me an applied physiological understanding of the physical ailments that yoga could help alleviate, I realized that most people still failed to emphasize the mental benefits of yoga. We seem to think that the mind and body are separate entities and that what takes place in one doesn’t translate over to the other. This belief has lead us astray and limited our capacity to attain optimum health.

Interested in bringing a greater awareness to the benefits of a mind-body connection, I began searching for programs to further my practice and my education. Ubud, Bali, known as one of the great healing centers of the world, seemed like the perfect place to start. After extensive research, I decided that a 3 week intensive 200 hour course with Shades of Yoga would be the best way for me to immerse myself in yoga without having to drag it out over several months. I’m only 2 weeks into it and I can honestly say it has been one of the most challenging and eye opening experiences of my life. Here’s what our daily schedule looks like:

Daily Schedule

7:25 am – Meditation

8:00 am – Paranayama Practice (breath work)

8:30 am – Asana Practice (yoga class)

9:45 am – Breakfast (best part of the day as you can see below)

11:00 am – Yoga Theory

12:30 pm – Lunch Break

2:30 pm – Practice Teaching or Philosophy

4:30 pm – Asana Practice

5:30 pm – Done

Doing 2-3 practices a day, 6 days a week definitely takes a toll on the body, but being surrounded by likeminded people, having deep discussions about philosophy and eating healthy food is one of the most amazing environments I’ve ever experienced. If you are at all interested in yoga, I would highly recommend doing a teacher training. Even if you don’t want to become a yoga teacher, the shorter courses are a great way to deepen your personal practice.

Why You Should Try a Yoga Training At Some Point in Your Life

  • Cultivate self awareness
  • Learn how to meditate and regulate your own stress levels
  • Understand how past traumas and experiences manifest in your body/personality and how to heal them
  • How to communicate effectively
  • Gain confidence public speaking
  • Get in touch with your inner sense of purpose

Recommended Books for Expanding Your Practice and Consciousness

  • A New Earth
  • Light on Yoga
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind
  • Be Here Now

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