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Yoga Teacher Training – Graduation!

by on March 5, 2013

An hour prior to our test, we received a final lecture, emphasizing that the four positive bhavas were central to all the concepts taught here, and everything stems as a result. It was nice to confirm what I had already suspected (that attitude dictates action and therefore results), but in a very simple and straightforward manner.

Our final exam was tougher than I expected. It was an objective test of our knowledge of the concepts we had learned (names and effects of yamas / niyamas, meaning of sutras, psychological effects of asanas). However, the grading was pretty unique: we self-corrected our own papers, and never had to submit them anywhere, and everyone got a certificate. In other words, the test was purely an exercise in svādhyāya and karma yoga! In retrospect, it made a lot of sense: worrying about results distracts us from simply taking the test to take the test.

Yoga Teacher Training Certificate!

Yoga Teacher Training Certificate!

Besides, the test was only a small portion of what was to come. Apparently, we were the first 1-month batch in several years to be invited to present a program of events for the graduation ceremony, likely because of our diverse backgrounds and skill set.  I mean, we collectively represented Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, India, Iraq, Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, UK, USA, and Argentina! And some mad skills were offered! (photo credits: Farah and Karin)

West Meets East by Ana-Lena

West Meets East by Ana-Lena

Indian Dance 1 by Nikytasha

Indian Dance 1 by Nikytasha

Indian Dance 2

Indian Dance 2

Western medley by Martin, Karin, and Sachin

Western medley by Martin, Karin, and Sachin

Marathi song by Sailesh

Marathi song by Sailesh

Poetry reading by Inder

Poetry reading by Inder

Music and acrobats / circus tricks by Martin and Joanna

Music and acrobats / circus tricks by Martin and Joanna

One of my realizations here is that connecting with my classmates was a huge part of the experience for a couple of reasons: learning how others learn the material is vital to understanding how yoga is disseminated, and sharing our diverse energies in the same room created an electric atmosphere that sparked vibrant discussions before, during, and after classes. It’s also nice to observe how aligning our frequencies for 1 month, while coming from such diverse backgrounds, can result in so much co-creation, balance of opinion, learning how to live and love each other, and accept ourselves for who we are. and that’s the lesson of the day!

Our group (minus a few)

Our group (minus a few)

(of course, the real lesson from my yoga course is that it’s all in the mind – stay tuned for more…)

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6 Comments
  1. deepa permalink

    amazing……thnx 4 puttin dwn d wonderfull memories in such a luvly manner.

  2. You put your experience together really nice way and thanks for commenting on my blog page “Yoga Teacher Training Review at the Yoga Institute, Santacruz, Mumbai India”.

  3. Felipe permalink

    hey great blog, thanks!!! I am going for the 3 month trainning… do you know if its alot different than the 1 month? or it is the same repeated 3 times? more to learn?

    • Guerrilla Yogi permalink

      You’re welcome! Yes, there is much more detail in the 3-month as compared to the 30-day. Same general concepts, but more depth. please let me know if you decide to blog your training…and enjoy!

  4. Marta permalink

    Hey! Very nice blog…But over all where you satisfied with that course and the Institute itself?

    • Guerrilla Yogi permalink

      It definitely added to my yoga vocabulary and teaching practice. Yet, I don’t think *any* teacher training will make me “satisfied” as there is always so much to learn and so many different perspectives. Bottom line, this is a good place to learn some fundamentals. If you are looking for serious advancement, you may want to specialize in other schools such as vinyasa, tantra, kundalini, etc.

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