The journey commences!
I might just take this opportunity to quickly reintroduce myself- HELLO! For those that don’t know me, I’m Rachel and I am the Peak Physique Hot Yoga blogger! However, with some determination and hard work, hopefully I will soon be a Hot Yoga teacher! I am currently doing the Peak Physique Hot Yoga Teacher Training Program for the month of August- and I plan on documenting my experience!
Over the weekend, five other trainees and I completed our third day of group training. For the other trainees, this followed a week of intense yoga sessions, which I unfortunately had to avoid due to a severe ear infection last week. Yesterday was my first day back in the hot room, and with a minimum of five classes per week as a requirement for trainees, I have a few to catch up on! Double-class days, here I come!
I was both excited and apprehensive about doing this program. It is something completely new for me, as I have no background in professional health or fitness and I have never been a teacher, in any form. However, I do adore Hot Yoga and I have always wanted to increase its presence in my life. So, I have now officially stepped out of my comfort zone and into the world of Hot Yoga teaching- and what a new, exciting (and sweaty) world it is! Already, there are so many things I have learnt, and many of them I didn’t expect. Here are just 8 of them:
1. I am LOVING yoga philosophy
Of all the things I thought I would enjoy about this course, yoga philosophy was not something that I had my heart set on. But after just one session with Yoga Philosophy professional, Anjalika, I am officially hooked. I don’t know why I haven’t taken more of an interest in it before- it has a strong historical focus (I do enjoy a spot of history!) and it really ventures further into the concepts of yoga, from a ‘spiritual’ or ‘mental’ perspective, rather than just a physical one. I felt like a little sponge in my Yoga Philosophy lecture, and I can’t wait for the next load of information!
2. The ‘anatomy’ element is going to be my biggest challenge
Unlike the ‘Yoga Philosophy’ element, I have found the ‘anatomy’ components of the course to be a real challenge. Apart from some biology classes in high school (that I hardly paid attention in), I have no background knowledge in the science of the human body. Luckily, I have always been very health and fitness conscious, doing my own research in regards to my lifestyle, eating habits and fitness regimes. Obviously, this isn’t going to be enough, and although I am confronted by this part of the course, I have already learnt and absorbed so much information. Challenge accepted!
3. I have met new people
Leading up to doing the Teacher Training Program, I thought a lot about what it would be like to learn all this stuff. For some reason it slipped my mind that I would be doing it with other trainees. I am feeling very lucky to be in this round of training, because all the other trainees are so lovely and very approachable. At the start of the program we were paired up into ‘buddies’ so that we can offer support to each other. My ‘buddy’ is Kerri, who is adorable and we are already learning a lot about each other!
(My ‘buddy’ Kerri and I, working hard!)
4. I now know why some people wear headbands during Hot Yoga
After my severe ear infection last week, I found out that this can be a common problem for Hot Yoga-goers! Due to the warm environment and the sweat that can sometimes leak into the ears (think hot triangle pose!), bacteria can be a bit of an issue! Not to worry, though! There are a couple of easy ways to avoid this and one of them is wearing headbands to absorb excess moisture around the ears. Here I was thinking they were just a fashion statement!
5. I’m not just learning about Hot Yoga
This is a fact. I have found that this program not only teaches us how to instruct people through a Hot Yoga class, but it also teaches us how to better our lives, as well as the lives of others. We have covered a wide range of concepts including fears, confidence levels, public speaking, relationships, communication- the list goes on! It is a very fulfilling program… I think a certificate is just one of the many things that can be gained from it.
6. There is a big difference between doing a class and instructing a class
This is a big one. Luckily, I am a frequent mat-dweller at Peak Physique Hot Yoga, so the routine is stamped in my memory (or so I thought). However, doing the routine is very different from teaching the routine. I thought after the hundreds of classes I had attended that I would just be able to recite what I have heard before. But, as I am quickly learning, it is a LOT harder than it looks. I have a newfound respect for Hot Yoga teachers everywhere!
(The trainees selecting a ‘tree of life’ for their buddies- we have to keep it alive for the entire duration of the program…this may be my biggest challenge…)
7. I’m already learning more about my own posture setups
I always try my very best to do each posture correctly, and I am quite diligent in trying to achieve this. However, doing this program has already helped me to pick up on little adjustments and corrections I need to make in my own practice. It has also taught me more about options and variations in poses, which has been helpful.
8. There is a lot of washing involved
My washing machine is becoming VERY well acquainted with my yoga clothes and towel, since wearing them every day calls for a washing cycle every second day or so. I guess the only solution to this is… buy some more yoga clothes! (Any excuse will do!)
I am already enjoying myself immensely and I am looking forward to the rest of the month (as challenging as I know it is going to be!). I will be keeping you all updated, through the good and the bad- so stay tuned!
(Me with my ‘tree of life’ plant…still alive, you will notice!)