If you would have asked me four years ago if i’d be sitting in a yoga studio for CorePower Yoga Teacher Trianing, I probably would have given you a silly look. After that silly look, I’m sure I would have sat and pondered that thought for the next few years while living downtown due to the idea being planted in my head. CorePower stole my heart when I signed up for a free week back in January of 2018 due to proximity. Making the decision to become a Black Tag Member (BTM) was the easiest decision I ever made after week one was over with. While I have a big year coming up (a wedding, moving back to the suburbs, and training), I’m so glad the assistant studio manager encouraged me to train! I’ll be blogging about each class throughout the journey to help encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and give it a try when the time is right!
Fast forward 3.5 years and here I am today! I joined CorePower and never looked back. I’m surrounded by 8 other future licensed yogis (plus the most encouraging and amazing four instructors) three days a week for a total of 9 hours per week. We’re all here for different purposes; some for the hope of teaching in the future, some for finding oneself, and others to help deepen their practice both inside and outside of the studio. I do hope to teach one day and become a part of the CorePower teaching family. Whatever it is we’re all here for, we’re all in this journey together and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
Night one of Teacher Training was an orientation for us students to get to know one another as well as define the term Yoga in our own words. I cannot begin to explain how eye opening it was to hear how other fellow yogis described yoga in their own words. In those few short minutes, yoga became something bigger than I ever expected. Yoga isn’t just the idea of breath, mind, and body, but it is also the idea of self expression, patience, and most importantly, UNITY! It’s a cycle of growth and regrowth, birth and rebirth.
A few people have reached out to ask why I decided to train at CorePower verses other yoga studios. First of all, CorePower is a community. Every single time I check in I feel as if i’m surrounded by family! The classes and instructors are consistent, challenging, and motivating. Not to mention the heat is empowering and makes the 60 minute classes feel like an extra workout. Here are the 10 CorePower Yoga principals that should also help answer this question:
With yoga comes flow (vinyasa). CorePower’s classes are vinyasa structured, meaning we flow throughout class by connecting our breath to movements by using our hearts and minds. Vinyasa requires a focus and abdominal lock (uddiyana banda) for foundation and safety. By connecting the mind to the body and breath to movement, we are able to create a rhythmic flow and evolve each time we hit the mats.
Within the last hour of class, we did a little ice breaker to get to know one another. I love how active and involved everyone became, especially for not knowing one another! Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. It’s time to embrace the uncomfortable!
We ended class with a little round robin posture clinic. Yes, the first night! One person would head to the center mat while another student would guide the student from one chosen position to the next. It was scary because we were thrown on the spot, but I’m optimistic that this fear will ease away in time with practice!
My excitement for the next eight weeks cannot be described in words! I cannot wait to learn from one another and pick up on new techniques. I’ll continue my practice these next eight weeks with the sankalpa of ‘I am PASSIONATE.’ I am passionate to learn, grow, and share in all aspects of life. We are required to complete 60 hours of classes (C1, C2, HPF) within a year of training, but I’m going to make it a goal to complete before the training ends! We’re also required to journal about each class and training session, so I will continue to use my blog posts as a journal for each training session!
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