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Yoga Teacher Training

Happy Monday! In the event you haven’t seen me mention it here on the blog or on my Facebook Page, I wanted to take a moment to let you know what is going on here on Tasty Yummies this month. Beginning today, I am embarking on a month-long program to becoming a certified yoga teacher. It is Monday through Friday, for 4 weeks straight, at the end of which I will be a 200-hour registered yoga teacher!

How I Got My Start with Yoga.

This journey is something I have dreamt of and been looking forward to, for a very long time. I starting practicing yoga about 7 years ago. It began with a 6-week intro to yoga course at East Meets West Yoga in Buffalo in 2007. In many ways it was love-at-first-forward-fold, but in other ways it was a huge awakening and humbling experience. I struggled with many aspects of my practice, at first. For me, many of the challenges came from the mental and emotional responses of learning to quiet my mind and of course, the physical limitations of putting my body into positions it had never been in and that I never thought possible.

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I didn’t dive right into a daily practice after the intro course, I would hit classes here and there, I would use sicknesses, injuries and busyness as excuses to take a month or two off. I was in a place in my life that I wanted to see instant results, I wanted to be better at yoga than I was and I wasn’t looking at the path of getting there, just the frustration of not already being there, like many of the seasoned yogis around me in class (who I now realize had likely been practicing for many, many years). If I had any element of sadness in my life, I would stay away from my mat, a result of being broken down to tears during savasana on a couple of occasions. I was later able to acknowledge that it was my own fear and my ego that wouldn’t let me fully give into my yoga practice. I guess I just wasn’t ready for all of it, quite yet.

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About two years after completing the Intro to Yoga class and practicing here and there, on and off, I really found a rhythm with my yoga practice when I found Ashtanga yoga. I practiced Mysore-style (a supervised self-practice) as often as I could and it really changed my entire perspective on yoga. It honestly changed me as a person. The dedication to an Ashtanga practice, to this day, is one of the most humbling yoga experiences I have had, it taught me so much about myself, as a yogi and as a person. It has been the biggest lesson in patience I have ever been exposed to. It really played a huge role in me wanting to eventually become a yoga teacher. I finally transitioned into a regular vinyasa practice after practicing Ashtanga for some time, and I developed (as close to) a daily practice, getting to the studio 4 to 5 days a week, when possible, and at home when I couldn’t get to a studio. Besides seeing the physical changes in my practice, I began noticing the calming effects it had on me in the rest of my life. Through my yoga practice I have truly found a union with my mind, body and soul. It has given me the ability to be in-tune with my body at all times, to recognize what it needs, to let go of what isn’t serving me and to take it all for exactly what it is. After just a few months of constant regular practice, I found myself changing, unconsciously. Yoga has literally become a path to me finding my soul. Through my yoga practice and in finding my breath, I am as a result much more able to deal with stress, anxiety, negative thoughts and fear – both on and off my mat. These are things that I never thought were possible. The deep cleansing breathing I learned from my yoga practice, has become something I use on a daily basis to stay grounded, connected and present.

Additionally, on a physical level I have struggled for many years with back pain, I have several herniated and bulging discs in my back that have always been a source of chronic pain. After trying a regular routine at the gym, running, spinning, etc – yoga is what allowed me to focus on my physical weaknesses and work through them in a mindful way. I was able to strengthen areas of my body, such as my core, to aid in supporting my back. All of this has given me the ability to live pain-free, nearly all of the time.

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Becoming a Yoga Teacher.

After moving to California early last year, I found myself in a new place with my yoga practice. I was used to the same studio I had always practiced at, the same teachers, the comforts of knowing what to expect (with the exception of when I traveled). I loved East Meets West Yoga and it seriously brings me to tears to think about how much I miss it. When I arrived here in Long Beach, I found so many amazing yoga teachers and studios, but I have bounced around a bit, trying to find my new home, to find my place. It was after I was here about a month, in finding my own practice at home, at various studios and with different teachers, that I realized I am that place, it is within me – no matter where I go. I was finally ready to take my own yoga practice and my overall yoga experience, to the next step. In addition to furthering and deepening my own practice, I am really looking forward to learning as much as I can about the practice, the history and philosophies and gaining the knowledge and the insight to share what I have learned along the way and will learn in my my new journey, with others.

Yoga has changed my life in so many ways and I want to share this same joy with any one willing to accept it. I am excited to share with my future students the incredible union that I have found on and off of the mat. I am happy and blessed to have found an amazing teacher training program, with James Brown at American Yoga School in Venice Beach. I am so excited that this program encourages me to find my own voice as a teacher, using my own words and experiences to share all of this with the world, in the most honest and true way possible. I cannot believe that for the next four weeks, I get to start every single day with a three hour yoga practice, I get to sit around and talk about anatomy, the philosophies of yoga, teaching methodologies and I will even be teaching real classes within three weeks from now. Is this real life?

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So, What Will Be Happening Here on Tasty Yummies this Month?

Throughout the month of January, Tasty Yummies will be featuring a series of guest posts from some of my very favorite bloggers and friends, along with a few posts from me. Recipes, round-ups, posts about yoga and more. I also hope to check-in once a week, to bring you guys up to speed on my experiences in the yoga teacher training program. Plus, for those Los Angeles area locals, stay tuned, as there will be an opportunity to take a yoga class with me and the others students, in my third week of teacher training. I will post more info about that, as I have it.

I cannot wait to share this next step with you guys, I hope you are as excited as I am.

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Follow-up posts from the month-long training program:
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4

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24 Responses

  1. Love this post! I too fell in love with Ashtanga yoga and am currently in my 200 hour teacher training. I couldn’t agree more that Ashtanga changed me in so many amazing ways. I literally ache to go to my led primary series class. It’s in the evening and ALL I can think about at work is how badly I want to be practicing. The way I view myself and the world has changed. I have no doubt that you will love your training course! Good Luck, keep us posted 🙂

    • tastyyummies says:

      Thanks so much Brandy!! Funny we have such similar paths!! I hope you are enjoying your training as well. Thanks so much for the support! xo <3

  2. Linda Stoddard says:

    Beth,

    This is wonderful news, but not at all surprising. You are a teacher–inside and out. So proud of you! xLinda

  3. ingrid says:

    Oh wow Beth, this is a-breath-taking-post. Hope you will become super famous and come to Europe for some classes 😉 Enjoy your journey.

  4. Anne L. Texas says:

    I too suffer from chronic back and neck pain. I have tried to heal myself for years through fitness using Pilates, strength training and healthy eating. I have often thought about yoga. I took some classes years ago. This story inspires me to try yoga again.
    It’s a great story and I thank you for sharing it Beth.

    • tastyyummies says:

      Hi Anne! I think you would benefit greatly from yoga! Especially if you take the time to seek a teacher that really understands working with pain and injuries and spends a great deal of time focusing on alignment and the important fundamentals. Thanks for your comment!

  5. Beth, this post is beautiful! I was brought to tears reading it, because I am so happy for you. No many people find their true passion and have the courage to follow it. I can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures and everything you have learned!! Also, I wish I looked that stunning when I practice yoga. Those pictures are BREATHTAKING!

    • tastyyummies says:

      Thanks so much lady (I know super delayed online response, but I am getting caught up on comments, as I can).
      I am seriously so lucky to have you as a friend, Meg, you are such an incredible supporter and I just love knowing that you are always there and always happy for me! It means so so much to me. I will for sure be calling you some morning this week so we can have our nice long chat 😉

  6. Heather says:

    Great post!! I have chronic neck pain and numbness in my fingers and yoga helps so much! In fact I know it would completely fix the problem along with my newly developing anxiety issues…if only I wouldn’t find every excuse to ‘do it later’.
    So I loved that you shared so honestly that you had issues with that too…and I know part if mine stems from not being able to do poses that used to feel good, etc. as well.
    Do you have any ways that you found to pull yourself out of that excuses mindset and get on a routine yoga indulgence??
    Thanks and enJOY this wonderfully exciting journey!
    Heather 🙂

    • tastyyummies says:

      Hey Heather. Thanks and I am so glad you enjoyed the post. I am also so so glad to hear that yoga helps you so much. If you havent already, check out my post from some of my favorite yoga teachers – http://tasty-yummies.com/2014/01/14/looking-to-incorporate-yoga-into-your-life-tips-and-inspiration-from-some-of-my-favorite-teachers/ If that doesn’t inspire you to get onto your mat, I don’t know what will. Seriously though don’t think about what you can and cannot do, yoga shouldn’t be that linear. Just the fact that you are on your mat, quieting your mind long enough to focus on your breath and the poses, is a HUGE accomplishment in itself.
      Seriously though, for me, I think of that wonderful feeling of coming out of a yoga class and how much better that feels that sitting home and beating myself up for not going. That is usually the best motivation I have for why I should go.
      Thanks for your comment. xo

  7. Stacey says:

    This seems like a very natural next step for you. Congrats and enjoy the journey!

  8. Kamaile Frank says:

    I look forward to hearing about your experience. I’m a new reader & really enjoy your blog.

    • tastyyummies says:

      Hi there Kamaile. Welcome. Thank you so much for your kind words and thanks for taking the time to comment. I am so happy you are enjoying my blog, so far 😉

  9. noodle says:

    Best wishes on your journey… Yoga really is the bomb 🙂

  10. Jo says:

    East Meets West is one of the reasons why I am a yogi today! Although I only took a couple classes there before I moved away from Buffalo, they definitely planted a seed. Congrats, and good luck!

    • tastyyummies says:

      Aww that is so awesome to hear Jo! EMW is just incredible! No place like it in the world! Thanks so much for the well wishes!

  11. Bobbi says:

    Enjoy your JOURNEY Beth !!! … I accidentally ‘found’ your website when I “googled” ….BEST AVOCADO RECIPE :)…On that morning(only 2 weeks ago) I fell in love with your ENTHUSIASM and … “REAL-ness” …( if THAT’S a WORD !! LOL!!! ) … when I started “reading” your ‘stories’….and THEN …. I actually CRIED when I saw the video you dedicated to DERBY … Oh My… !! I felt your heartache … in saying ALL of that I am truly enjoying your ‘site’ and decided to catch-up on your NEWS and print off another one of your DELICIOUS soup RECIPES!!! Keep up the great work … and CONGRATULATIONS on finding your PASSION. It SHOWS …sincerely …Bobbi

    • tastyyummies says:

      Hey Bobbi! Haha your comment totally made my day! Thank you. I am so excited you found your way here and that you are enjoying it so much! Thanks for your well wishes and for taking the time to comment. xo

  12. So inspiring to read how you got to this place in your life, Beth! I have a long path ahead of me due to chronic illness but I’m doing simple yoga stretching and meditation every morning and it’s helping me a lot. Hoping to get much stronger this year. I hope you are enjoying every minute of it 🙂

    • tastyyummies says:

      Hey Anile 😉 Thanks so much for your kind words and for taking time to comment. I am so glad you enjoyed reading it.
      I am also so happy to hear that yoga and meditation is helping you so much. It may be a long road, but I can promise you that by you taking the time and having the mindfulness to fit those practices into your life, you will certainly be rewarded for it, I am sure. Both are just so powerful. I hope you get well very soon. Thinking healing thoughts for you.
      xo

      • Thanks so much Beth! I have been doing my simple yoga every morning and thinking of you 🙂 It’s reached the point where I feel weird if I don’t do it, so I suspect that I am getting very close to the assimilation stage, mouahahaa 😉 Working hard on healing. Thanks so much for the well wishes, I really appreciate it. xo

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