Last month, I signed up for a yoga teacher training program. I was looking to supplement my regular routine and a new work schedule with some new yoga classes and what kept appearing on all the studio sites were offers for yoga teacher training. Most of the programs were not a good fit being 8 hours at day on Saturday and Sunday for 2 months to learn one type of yoga.
My husband and I took at partner yoga class at Avalon Yoga in Palo Alto. Since I liked the class and the studio so much, I went back to their website after the class to see what other classes I could take there. Low and behold, they offered a yoga teacher training program that was very much up my alley with a variety of high caliber teachers. I sent an email to the director and before I knew it, I had a meeting set-up for very early Wednesday morning before our Yosemite trip.
I signed up on the spot and purchased my textbooks.
Then I had time to think about it and I started to experience some fear and doubts about whether I could do the program. It is a 5 and a half month program, which seemed daunting as that meant giving up every Saturday and Sunday. Plus being that I tend to be an overachiever, of course I would want to take as many of the classes offered by the studio as possible. And so began my time of debating whether to continue with the program before I even started.
Then as with everything that happens for a reason, a good friend of mine posted a Maya Angelou quote that hit the spot.
Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman. ― Maya Angelou
I decided to move forward and start the program. This past weekend I started the teacher training program and it was exhilarating. I even led class in the first brief teaching exercise countering the very part of me that doubted if I could lead a class of 33 people.