Well, what can I say? My heart is so full 💗. We are day 23 of our teacher training and in 2 short days it will all be over.
Today was a big day for me – I had my practical exam! We were split into groups of 6 and had to teach the other 20 students (and our teachers) a 90 minute vinyasa class. It was split up so we all had a 15 minute time slot that we needed to fill.. alone.. in front of everyone!! Not going to lie – I was super nervous. BUT, I had no reason to be because it went sooo well. Our group meshed amazing together and everything flowed really nice. The time I spent in the front teaching alone seemed to fly by and it felt good to be able to find my own teaching voice.
It’s so weird to think that only a few short weeks ago, the thought of stepping in front of the room and teaching a class TERRIFIED me. I felt like I didn’t have enough information or wouldn’t know what to say to guide a group of people through a class. Today, it was like every single puzzle piece came together and fit perfectly. All the information we learned and all the cues and anatomy and postures and the list goes on and on.. it just clicked… and everything fell into perfect harmony.
Tomorrow we write our written exam after our daily morning practice and then that’s all she wrote, folks! I believe they may have some fun stuff planned for tomorrow afternoon/evening but they have been pretty secretive so I’m not sure the details on that. The day after tomorrow is our graduation day and is actually only half a day! Things will wrap up around lunch and then we will all go our separate ways – some flying back home and others doing a bit more travelling.
These past few days in particular have been a growing experience for me. Not only am I feeling my strongest physically, but also mentally. My mind has been full of reflection and meditation. There were a few lectures we had that really dug deep and resonated with me on a whole new level. It opened my heart and my soul and taught me to become more vulnerable and enabled me to take a closer look at myself as a whole. I’m so grateful for this journey I am on and will forever carry it with me wherever I may go in life.
When I look back on my time here, I think about how it just feels like yesterday I stepped in the yoga Shala for the first time, meeting all these new wonderful souls. But at the same time, it literally feels like I’ve been here for AGES. I think it’s safe to say that it will definitely be a bittersweet moment on Wednesday when we have to say our goodbyes and part our separate ways!
Although my adventure with Yoga Beyond is coming to a close, a new adventure is soon starting when Jess arrives in Bali on the 6th (cue happy dance!!!). Holy crap, can I just say I am SO excited to have her here with me? To be honest, this training has been so immersive and so intense that I haven’t really had any time to explore or relax. I am so excited that I get to adventure through Bali AND Thailand with my most favorite human in the whole wide world!
I know I haven’t been the most consistent blogger while being here – mostly because I literally get up at 6:00am every morning and our days are jammed full with yoga and lectures and everything in between. However, I know there are some of you who have been following my journey and I thank you for that. It means so much to know there are people who genuinely care how I am making out and I hope you all know that I am sending you all the love and light all the way from Bali 💛
Until next time (and hopefully next time I’ll be a certified yoga teacher!!!!!)
PS just as an update to all those wondering – all of the spiders, frogs, ants, snakes and even monkeys are still present.. and in full swing.