500 Hours … and beyond
I am really proud to announce that last weekend I completed my 500-hr Yoga Teacher Training with esteemed teacher training school, YogaLondon! I am now officially titled as an ‘Advanced Yoga Teacher’ … but what does that actually mean?
I have learnt so much over the past year, consistently building on prior knowledge, whilst also adding new topics, discovering more about philosophy, anatomy, Sanskrit language, ancient yogic texts, and even helping to teach new yoga teachers as they worked towards their first 200-hr qualification.
The thing with learning is that it never stops. There is always more waiting to be discovered.
I read a great post on Facebook the other week, and sadly it’s now buried under thousands of other posts, but the theme stuck with me.
It said that our lives are full of cycles, like the days, weeks, seasons. Cycles of behavior, cycles of learning, cycles of health, cycles of relationships. But rather than always coming back to square one, we should see these cycles more like spirals. Each time we return to a familiar situation, we have another layer of knowledge, or understanding, or experience to add to it, so we are always spiraling upwards.
I think yoga is like this too. Each time we practice, we have just a little more understanding and intelligence to add to the previous practice. Through consistent practice we learn to channel these spirals upwards.
Proud as I am, my qualification is just another label. Perhaps I’m now one cycle higher on my spiral, but the learning never stops.