Yoga teacher training is different from your bog standard training course. When decising to embark on this path, do your reserach - which schools resonate with you, don't be afraid to contact the teachers and see if you click - and, of course, what style of yoga draws you?
Firstly, I personally love a residential course. You become immersed in it and can fully embrace the experience. The diet, the early mornings, the camaraderie all add to the learning process.
May latest course was the Kundalini Yoga teacher Training Level 2, Lifecycles & Lifestyles Module. This was the next ne up from learning to be a teacher - this is more about my transformation and going deeper into the Kundalini wisdom.
In this extraordinary module we look at how the cycle of the spiritual consciousness, which leaps every 7 years, Intellect which matures every 11 years and the physical body, which goes in 18 year stages all affect our later cycles and periods of growth.
For example the years of ages 14-21, and what I experienced then, are bringing up emotions and feelings that I am now living. It was truly insightful, and issues and memories that I had long since buried, came to the forefront and I was able, with my current maturity, wisdom and experience to re write stories and process emotions and fears that have held me back. Truly Life changing!!
Each morning I awoke at 4.15 to the lovely singing voice of another student as she gave us a musical wake up call and headed down to the yoga room for Sadhana.
I don't get to do the Aquarian Sadhana very often. About once a fortnight I get to practice online with a group, however the group energy that I love so much is a rare treat. Plus I practice at home at 4.30 so I have to be very quiet whilst chanting - and I love to sing my heart out.
An Aquarian Sadhana consists of a reading of the Japji (Sikh sacred text), a Kundalini Yoga Kriya followed by 62 minutes of chanting/singing. The whole glorious practice takes around 2.5 hrs and is an uplifting experience.
On most residential courses (and certainly Kundalini Yoga Courses) a vital part of the training is Seva - Selfless service. This may require cooking, cleaning, serving food or preparing food, so after Sadhana we would head to the kitchen and chop vegetables ready for lunch.
The buzz, chatter and laughs that happen in a busy productive kitchen are so joyful. The chat happens naturally and we share stories. Personally, I love Seva - it brings out something special in all of us.
The lectures are deep. They consist of practical as well as theory work and to keep your energy up is a challenge. The two rules I always use are hydrate & use the yoga to get you through.
There is a LOT of practical (or there should be if it is a well written course - about 30 -50%) so use this movement of the body and meditation to keep you going.
This particular course consisted of meditations, yoga kriyas, chanting, self study, group study and Seva. The balance is perfect and I left feeling NEW.
The friends you make share a particular moment in your life and for that they are always in your heart.
Yoga training is something apart from anything else I have ever experienced.