Yogi Teacher in Training
Yogi Teacher in Training by Cassie Strid
I was waiting for my home studio, Yoga Junction, to open a teacher training program. They offered their first program starting in September 2013 and ending in August of 2014, meeting one week of every month for fifteen hours. I finally worked up the courage, filled out the application, and pressed send. At that moment I knew I had made the right choice. I was thrilled about the journey that was ahead of me.I want to teach… Sure, yeah, I can teach yoga. How hard could it really be, right? I’ve always wanted to teach yoga—for many reasons. I want to expand my personal practice, but I also care about teaching and sharing with others one of my biggest passions. I wanted to have the tools and resources to deepen my practice and then turn it into something with which I can inspire others.
I always have wondered and now, more than ever, still wonder if I could actually be a yoga instructor. Do I really have what it takes to be a yoga teacher? Well, actually let me rephrase that, do I have what it takes to become a REALLY GOOD yoga instructor?
The lectures about the yoga anatomy, philosophy, chakras, bandas, scriptures, Upanishads made me realize there’s far more to yoga than I could even imagine. Every weekend I’m incredibly inspired–filled with joy and excitement, but also total fear that I will forget everything I just learned as soon as I walk out that door. My instructors at Yoga Junction blow me away each weekend. I feel slightly intimidated but very proud to be working with such fantastic leaders.
It took me up until a few months ago to gain the courage to even teach friends and co-workers. I decided that after practicing at home with my teaching “yoga voice,” I could begin practicing my teaching on my friends. After a few sessions with my friends, I was surprised at how much more comfortable I was. It was easier than I expected, but I still realized I have a lot of practicing left to do.
This Wednesday, June 25, I will be co-teaching my first real class. Not just yoga in the backyard, living room or the empty office building with a co-worker or two. Yoga Junction hosts Yoga in the Park in Louisville, Colo. every Wednesday night during the summer. My wonderful mentor, Carey King, asked if I wanted to co-teach with her. So I will be splitting the class with her in front of 40-80 attendees. If that doesn’t get my feet wet I don’t know what will.
Come join Stonewear Designs, Yoga Junction, and Cassie at Memory Square Park in downtown Louisville on Wednesday, June 25 from 7-8pm. There will be lots of great Stonewear Designs discounted merchandise, and a $5 yoga led by a new instructor determined to provide an amazing class!