I'm Back From 300hr Yoga Teacher Training Immersion
Wow. It's hard to know where to begin.
I have just completed the South Okanagan Yoga Academy 300hr Yoga Teacher Training Program, in Sorrento, BC.
The 300hr program is broken up into two modules; I attended Module 1 in October 2021 and just completed Module 2 in April/May 2022. I am now a 500hr Certified Yoga Teacher.
I am honoured to have the privilege and ability to learn this wealth of info. The SOYA (South Okanagan Yoga Academy) curriculem has the highest philosophy content of any teacher training program in Canada. My brain and heart are FULL.
I am so so glad I found this school to study under. I passed by so many schools that are very body-centric, mostly just teaching about asana, the physical postures of yoga.
While asana is an important part of the larger picture, it is certainly not everything.
In this program we covered a lot of theory and practice of pranayama (breathing techniques) and philosophy & spirituality of Yoga, including studies of the Upanishads and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Using critical thinking, we learn the WHY behind many practices, and how that can relate to modern life, rather than just accepting that it must be done a certain way.
We learned about trauma sensitivity, how to make yoga practices and philosophy accessible to anyone, Ayurveda, Yoga Nidra, chair yoga, props and modifications, the stories behind Hindu deities, how to theme and plan workshops and retreats, and SO much more.
We started each day with kriyas, pranayama, chanting, and meditation, and ended most days the same way. These 11hr days were long and absolutely filled with embodiment and learning.
I aced a 250-point written exam, and my practicum which was a 3hr workshop on Yoga + Lymphatic System Health. (Which I am excited to share in Penticton in the coming months.)
I have been home for two days, and am still processing so much information.
I am so grateful to be able to participate in this immerison-style schooling. Huge gratitude to my husband, Eric, for keeping our home and business running while I was away for two weeks just now, and two weeks last fall.
I recognize what a privilege it is to be able to retreat for two weeks at a time - a privilege I haven't had before. (I've never been on vacation...can you relate?)
As our Seva, or selfless service, we planted flowers and cleaned up the gardens at the retreat centre where our training was held.
I am so pumped that my yoga teaching career has been rocketing forward, and I am loving every minute of this journey.
~Big love and gratitude!