Middle of Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training

I’m pretty sure it’s the most spectacular time of year to ever disappear to the Berkshires for a month-long intensive yoga teacher training program!

Kripalu yoga teacher training

We are now in the middle of our third week of this 200-hour yoga teacher training program at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. That means just one and a half weeks left! Pure craziness, but we’ve learned SO MUCH in such a short amount of time.

From the very first day or two, we’ve been “teaching” each other things all the time. We’ve settled in for an hour or more of individual “posture clinics” on each and every posture of the 21 foundation postures of Kripalu yoga, and then taught each other immediately. We’ve taught each other through breath work, warm-ups, meditations, the methodology for learning a brand new pose, and of course each of the 21 postures – and their modifications, assists, benefits and contraindications. Whoa.

We’ve also studied philosophy, anatomy, ethics, Ayurveda and so much more. As you can guess, our days are pretty long:

  • 5:30am Alarm goes off in our dorm room of about 22 women!
  • 6:00 to 8:00am Yoga
  • Breakfast and I usually take a morning walk around the campus
  • 9:00 to 12:00pm Classroom
  • Typically time for a trail run, hike or even a vigorous vinyasa class, because we’re itching to move more! Then lunch.
  • 2:00 to 4:00pm Classroom
  • 4:00 to 6:00pm Yoga
  • Dinner, study time, shower, sauna (which is technically Ayurveda ;-))
  • 10:00pm Lights out

Each week brings another “Practice Teach”, which means we actually teach a full class to a group of fellow students, and even sometimes with an evaluator present. Everyone seems to get pretty hyped up about these things, but honestly, the training is guiding us through every single aspect of what we need to know beforehand. We have all the tools and the toolbox, and we just gotta do it. Not to mention, these are our last remaining opportunities to test things out in the safety of our yoga school before being out in the real world! The first week we taught for 45 minutes, then 1:05 hours, and now we’ll teach for 1:45 hours this week. There are guidelines to follow for each one, and our final class will be 100% our own creation!

On that note, I’m realizing (as predicted perhaps) that I really do want to teach yoga! It turns out I might actually even be good at it! Ha!

foliage at kripalu

I love every single one of my classmates in this program, and am so grateful for our leaders Coby Kozlowski, Jurian Hughes and Yoganand Michael Carroll. We all get along swimmingly, and I honestly couldn’t imagine it without my awesome dorm room of 22 women, ha! We’re exhausted, but we’re having a blast!

More to come! Happy November to you all!

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