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RYT-200 BLOG

Improvements

Today, I learned that I have been doing one of the most foundational poses incorrectly. Chaturanga, short for Chaturanga Dandasana and translated to "High to Low Plank", is usually repeated dozens of times in each class. During teacher training this afternoon, we went through the movement as part of the Sun Salutation A series along with the Integration and Intention series.

Before we began class, I filmed myself doing a short flow. After we finished with our lesson, I filmed myself again with the new and corrected form: your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle; your shoulders should not fall beneath your elbows.

Before we began class, I filmed myself doing a short flow. After we finished with our lesson, I filmed myself again with the new and corrected form: your elbows should be at a 90 degree angle; your shoulders should not fall beneath your elbows.

Class began with one of my peers handing out little bags of peppermints and lime essential oils. The note: "Yay for first week of TT. Lime = Uplifting; Peppermint = Energizing"

These are the kinds of people I'm now getting to know. People who are kind, thoughtful, and genuinely invested in other people's success. The gesture was so appreciated by all of us and set a positive tone for class.

As we got into our third day, we started breaking down the C1 sequence.

  1. Integration Series: Setting the tone for class. Letting go of everything outside of the studio. Child's Pose, Downward Facing Dog, and Ragdoll.
  2. Intention Series: Standing at attention (Samasthiti, translated to "equal at all sides standing"), and setting your intention for class; cultivating your focal point. What do you want to accomplish or get out of the next hour?
  3. Sun Salutation A: Diving into movement and warming your core.

As we started to really dive deep into the different movements and cues, I started to understand what everyone had told me before teacher training began: "You will be challenged."

One of the main goals of teacher training is to keep the language accessible to the beginner or average yogi. We want to be able to teach someone who has never heard of Child's Pose, and this turned out to be much harder than I thought it would be. When we practiced in pairs, I found myself stumbling over my words. I knew where I wanted them to go, but found trouble getting them there. 

Still, I already feel more confident in my abilities. I have not only deepened my own practice, but have also started to build a base for what will eventually become my teaching style and competency.  

Week 1: Check.

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