Yoga teacher training started last weekend. I'm always amazed and honoured by the students who sign up for this transformation. They have opened themselves up for the experience of being surrounded and immersed in all things yoga for the next eleven weeks.
It's always funny when I receive applications for the program. The majority of the submissions state that they want to 'advance' their practice by learning how to do handstand and arm balances. This is not what I want the end result to be. I do not want to certify acrobats.
One of my teachers, Jill Miller, once said to me that the measure of an advanced practitioner is when one notices the spaces of not noticing with more quickness.
On our first weekend together, we study the foundational poses. The ones that look simple to the outside viewer, but after the weekend is over all the trainees will attest that these postures are anything but easy.
Below I have posted four asanas: 'cat/cow' (spinal flows), dandasana (staff pose), and virasana (hero's seat). I challenge you to stay in these poses for a minimum of five breath cycles without allowing your mind to wander off.
Approach everything with a beginner's mind, even the things you have labeled as 'foundational'!
*Above photos were taken by Sergio Remon Alvarez. Blue yoga leggings by My Inner Fire. If you'd like 15% off on your own capris, use the code kirstent in the checkout!!