Yoga Teacher Training – Half Way to the Finish Line

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As I am now halfway through my 10-month 200-hour vinyasa yoga teacher training journey, I thought it would a good time to review and reflect on the journey so far. If you are new to following me or have come across this blog post randomly and are interested in yoga teacher training,  then I have made it easy for you to catch up. I have been lucky enough to share this journey with readers of both The Irish Times and Evoke.ie and I have put everything together here in chronological order, for easy reading.

In July, two months before I started teacher training, I wrote about it for the Irish Times, read it here. In this piece I explained a little about the qualification and about intensive courses v longer courses.

In October, I reflected up on my own personal reasons for signing up with this piece again for the Irish Times, read it here. In it, we have some major 90s throwbacks as I discuss how I first got into yoga!

In my ongoing yoga diary for Evoke “The Yoga Diaries” I take you through each month, hour by hour and break down what teacher training involves and how I felt about each step.

Month 1: “I signed myself up for yoga teacher training” – I had a lot of school days flashbacks!

Month 2: “All about the journey” – I was trying not to project and reflect on how I will handle teaching, was just taking it step by step, doing my homework and preparing myself for the next phase.

Month 3: “Let the joy be in your journey, and not in some distant goal” – I had a lot going on personally and was in tears driving to teacher training.

Month 4: “Brought a bump in the road” – I will ill for this one and eventually had to admit defeat and head home.

Month 5: “The halfway mark” – it’s all coming together!

Or is it?

Monthly Moods – February

I have been so inspired by a regular feature in The Gloss magazine called “this month’s moodboard” that I decided to start writing my own version, with a wellness slant of course. Thankfully January is behind us, it was a tough one. I am ready for February. Here is what I am buying, doing and loving this month.

I’m reading How to Make it Happen: Turning Failure into Success by Maria Hatzistefanis. I loved Maria’s first book and her podcast; I have been looking forward to her second book for ages. Maria is the founder of Rodial and Nip n Fab.

I’m embracing working from different places including hotels, hot desks, and coworking spaces. Sadly, my much-loved dog passed away in January and there is really nothing keeping me chained to my home office anymore. Luckily, I have M Space practically on my doorstep. M-Space is a co-working and flexible office space, located on the top floor of the Marine Court Centre in Malahide, with beautiful views over the marina.

I’m adding more and more greens to my diet, it’s the only thing that keeps my problematic skin acne-free. As well as spinach daily, I have added in green powders containing spirulina which has to be the disgusting-tasting substance on our planet? Correct me if I am wrong here.

I’m following lots more sea swimming accounts on Instagram. I know I put my intention to start this hobby in last month’s post, but it didn’t happen. I did buy a wetsuit, so I am ready to go. It will happen in February!

I’m becoming more and more aware of the negative effect of single-use plastic and it’s really irritating me how many straws are used daily. I finally got myself some rose gold metal reusable straws and I will be popping one in my bag for on-the-go use. I picked them up in New Look – check them out here, not an affiliate link, just sharing.

I’m revamping my attic room to become a yoga studio. This is where I am having my practice classes as I continue on my yoga teacher training journey. It’s working out so well if my clients almost falling into a coma during savasana is any indication! Here is the link to book in and see for yourself.

I’m feeding my fashion addiction by binging on the new fashion show on Netflix – Next in Fashion. They had me at Alexa Chung. If you like Project Runway, you would love it.

I’m sticking to my spring resolution of not drinking. I drank at Xmas and new year after 16 months of abstinence and I did not enjoy the ensuing headaches. Back to 0% beer for me.

I’m buying tickets to Thrive Festival, acelebration of healthy living and wellbeing happening 29 February to 1 March 2020 in The Convention Centre Dublin. Looking forward to some yoga classes with some of my old favourites, doing some Zumba and getting some talks and demonstrations in.

I’m celebrating the imminent arrival of Spring by refusing to purchase any more winter clothes, no matter how discounted they are in the sales. I am awaiting Spring with open arms.

Monthly Moods – January

I have been so inspired by a regular feature in The Gloss magazine called “this month’s moodboard” that I decided to start writing my own version, with a wellness slant of course. Let’s kick off with January…What am I doing, loving and planning this month.

·  I’m curating my work out wardrobe with sustainability in mind. No more cheap n cheerful, wear them a few times, and leave in a drawer. I am going for better quality, more exclusive but classic designs and buying less. My first step was the Ali leggings from Trendy and Bendy. Soft, warm, secure, squat proof, yoga proof, everything proof! And nice enough for brunch out.

·  I’m following the big wellness brands like Neom and Welleco to see what new and innovative products they have coming down the line. Sleep sprays are a big hit with me, so I am always looking for new ones to try, and love researching what other wellness products I might love.

·  I’m playing the field when it comes to yoga studios. I have my three favorites that are all close to home, but I want to venture forth and visit some studios further afield that I have been following online, even if it’s only once. 

·  I’m pointing out the obvious here, but January can be a hard month financially and psychologically for many people. So, I’m taking my own advice from my ‘staying mentally and physically fit in winter” blog post, and getting out and about in nature, in between rain showers.

·  I’m pumping up the volume on my Alexa to listen to any podcast that features Sophie Grace Holmes. Sophie is a PT, endurance athlete and adventurer who just happens to have Cystic Fibrosis. The one to watch for motivation in sports and in life.

·  I’m reading Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson. This thriller has been keeping me up late at night. Just one more chapter…Better than late night screen time.

·  I’m shaking with the cold just thinking about sea swimming, but I really want to take it up this spring. I have followed some accounts on Instagram like Sea Gals Gang Sligo and Swimrise Meetup, to get me in the mood.

·  I’m trend watching via my favorite fashion bloggers,most of whom are based in Germany, like Annie Jaffrey and Livia Auer. Unashamedly stealing their style!  

·  I’m tiptoeing around the subject of summer holidays, as it’s still only January. I don’t want to wish my life away. However, I have my eye on a yoga teacher training trip to Goa with NamasteHouse.ie!

·  I’m throwing out all the leftover xmas goodies or rather, I am putting them in the attic out of my sight, out of mind.  I have replaced daily biscuit binges with ashwagandha shakes. No, they don’t taste the same.

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