Week 7 was the breaking point for me and many of my fellow yogis. It dragged on so long as many nights and days were filed with never-ending posture clinic sessions. The staff was on a mission to finish posture clinic as soon as possible to leave enough time in the final weeks for Bikram (Boss) to lecture to us about becoming teachers. This meant us yogis sacrificed sleep, meals, and every minute of free time to memorize and practice posture dialogue. Some people presented as many as 5 postures in a single day! Talk about stressful nerve-wracking times! There was a real threat of losing our sanity; some people wanted to call it quits, pack their bags, hop on a plane, and leave teacher training immediately. Thankfully they were talked off the ledge and found the willpower to continue on.
Outside of week 1, week 7 has been my hardest week. I’m so thankful it is now over and is behind me. 76 hot yoga classes completed in 7 short weeks. My limbs, joints, muscles and bones – whole body- is crying mercy!
I will say, week 7 had its highlights. A Communications expert from India lectured to us about the power of voice, presentation and talking style. He creatively illustrated these points to us via interactive exercises where we sang aloud as a class, watched videos of greatness such as Martin Luther King “I Have A Dream” speech and used the audience to effectively teach the class. I learned that to become a great yoga teacher, I need to showcase confidence, commitment and courage. It is vital to remove fears, inhibitions, and self criticism as those are surefire viruses that will hinder any success. One thing I took away from his lecture is to share my voice more with people. I am comfortable talking to only those who require my attention and otherwise can be perfectly cool minding my own business in silence. Staying quiet can be looked at as an injustice to others who may stand to gain from me sharing my wisdom and knowledge about the things I love and enjoy including yoga, food, healthy living, cooking, taxes & accounting, and wellness. Going forward I will share more and speak more to spread love & community and to inspire change and health.
“Your voice is your calling card.”
Week 7 is a wrap, now on to week 8! Then we conclude teacher training week 9…November 15 to be exact. Let the countdown begin.