I went into this teacher training not quite knowing what to expect. This was a diverse group of twenty people coming from very different places in life, who I now call friends.
For me the purpose was to expand my yoga practice and eventually become a teacher. I was injured for the first month of the training. As the wound healed, I learned the benefit of the Yama Ahimsa (non-violence) towards myself. I used this particular word as a mantra throughout the training when I felt impatient with the healing.
Dina Lang knows yoga, lives a Yogic lifestyle and is bursting with empathy which greatly impacted each of us on our own journey.
I have to say, I was pretty terrified of teaching my first class. So much so that I barely spoke loud enough for the first few minutes of the sequence and forgot to turn down the music when I was reading, but nobody got hurt or told me they quit yoga afterwards so I kept teaching! I took a lot from The Yoga Sutras and Bhagavad Gita texts and apply what I learned to classes I teach.
I can visualize us sitting in the studio with the lights low, learning about our bones from Janci or rolling on the tune-up balls with Nina, giving us hands on experience, adding to the already tremendous training with poses, adjustments, alignment and release of the fascia.
Dina was often seen on the floor somewhere in the studio hand-writing the many yoga poses, purpose, contraindications and benefits of the poses she had planned for the training. After the intense retreat, full of yoga, anatomy, hugs and emotions we celebrated and graduated! The gratefulness for this training is simply too much for words.
I am currently subbing and teaching classes a week. I very much appreciate the confidence Dina had in me when it was lacking, encouraging me to find the best version of myself.