Wellness Wednesday - A New Journey

I am so excited to share something fabulous and wonderful with everyone today. I have wanted to get certified as a yoga teacher for a while now and I finally have the opportunity to take a leap and do it! The biggest barrier for me was paying for the training. I knew I could commit myself to studying and attending classes but if you've ever priced out yoga teacher training classes they can definitely be expensive. I am sure that in other parts of the country the cost is even higher than it is here in Utah so I feel blessed to be able to do this at this point in my life.

Backing up a little bit let me tell you a little more about how this came to happen in case you're new to the blog. I have always enjoyed yoga. Initially I liked it for the flexibility and physical challenge it gave me. Now I like it for the peace and energy I experience as well as the physical and mental support it brings to my life. I've been taking classes from my friend Tara and found that while I was practicing yoga and during the time after I felt better both physically and mentally.

Over the past couple of years since I had Russell I've had what my friend Amy and I have termed mystery illness. It's nothing severe enough to sound an alarm over and not consistent enough that you could easily go to a doctor and have them tell you what's wrong. In fact I've been to the doctor and had all sorts of blood tests done to see if anything was out of balance and of course everything has come back normal. I've had my heart checked again to be sure nothing was wrong there since I have mitral valve prolapse which I know can make you really tired if it's acting up. Of course that came back fine too. The only thing that has seemed to help me feel better has been yoga.

Russell, mastering down dog since before he turned 2.
I decided that I wanted to take a yoga teacher training course for myself so I could learn to take care of what hurt or bothered me at any time. I figured if nothing else, the discipline of learning everything for myself would be worth the cost and then if I wanted to teach later it would be a viable option for me. I love helping people and have always known my career would be helping people in some way. I feel that through yoga I can help others experience the peace and balance that yoga brings to my life. I also love that yoga is something I can do throughout my whole life to better take care of myself both mentally and physically.

When the opportunity came up for me to be able to get some money to support my dream of becoming certified as a yoga teacher I excitedly accepted it. It was one of those moments that you just don't know if you should run around screaming and dancing or pinch yourself to make sure you're not just dreaming. I felt amazed and inspired that someone else would believe in me so much that they would help fund my dream. Of course, being smart, I wasn't funded the entire amount. I would have to put some money towards my dream which helped ensure that I was really bought in and willing to put something on the line for myself. This split made it possible for me to finally take the first step to getting certified and following this new journey in my life.

Practicing a modified tree pose before he knew what it was.
I decided to sign up for the yoga teacher training at Bodhi Yoga in Provo, Utah. As I looked at all the options available, Bodhi Yoga fit best into my schedule and had the most comprehensive information online. I am definitely the personality type that wants as much information as possible before making a decision. I loved that there were sample videos online and plenty of information about what would be covered during the training. I also figured that since I loved the type of yoga I was practicing with Tara that I would surely enjoy the training I'd receive at Bodhi Yoga. I took the leap and signed up quickly, finding out that there were only two spots left for the Spring 2015 training.

It takes time to master down dog. This was the early stages of his practice.
I had the opportunity to drive down to Provo and met Syl Carson, the Founding Director and the woman who would be directing my training. I had heard from Tara she was wonderful and that the training was something she would definitely do again if she had to. From the moment I met her I knew my decision was the right one. Not only had she responded to my inquiries about signing up quickly but she is one of those people you meet and feel like you're old friends meeting again. I loved the energy she had and that was in her studio and knew that I would enjoy this opportunity.

Do it! Do it now! Start working to make your dream a reality.
Part of my training includes blogging about my experiences so you'll be seeing updates from me. This blog post is getting long so I'm going to save more for the next post. I am so excited to share about what I'm learning and doing through the blog. If you want to get an overview of the program I'll be participating in you can check out the video below.

I hope you'll come along with me on this journey. It's going to be great!


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