November 13th was the culmination of 8 months of study, practice, reading, meditation, hugs, tears, a yoga baby shower, and so much more.  It’s been almost 2 weeks since graduation and I’m still trying to wrap my head around this amazing period of my life.

We spent the day of graduation at Ruffner Mountain.  It was a beautiful day and we shared a walking meditation through the trails, a chilly yoga practice, graduation, and a potluck lunch with friends and family.  It’s a day that I will never forget.  I kept a yellow leaf that I found on our walk as a reminder of the experience.

I started yoga teacher training with no idea what to expect.  I was nervous and excited.  I wanted to learn as much about yoga as I possibly could.  I wanted to meet new people with similar ideas.  I wanted to step out of my box, which I had securely bricked myself into over the years.  I didn’t even really have any expectations of teaching.

Fast forward 8 months and I’ve changed so much.  I’m still unpacking everything that I learned and experienced.  One part of me is sad that this part of my journey is over.  Another is relieved that I can get back to my normal schedule.  As a mother of a nine year old, it’s hard to be away from my family one weekend every month.  Plus, I’m excited to see what happens next on this journey.

I’m still undecided about teaching.  I’ve had people approach me at a yoga class that I attend at my local civic center asking me to teach an additional class in the mornings.  I explained that I have some stage fright around teaching and they didn’t seem to mind.  So that is something that I’m exploring.  And the idea that people in my community want more yoga really gets me fired up.

If anyone is interested in a 200 hour YTT program and are located near the Birmingham, AL area, please consider HereNowYoga teach training.  They are also offering a 300 hour advanced training in Birmingham next year as well.


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