My YogaSculpt Teacher Training Journey
I heard that my local Corepower studio was doing YogaSculpt Teacher Training at the end of a class one day, and I was intrigued to learn more about it. When I looked at which instructors would be guiding this Teacher Training, I thought it must be a sign I should do it, as most all my favorite teachers were teaching it! I expressed my interest to one of these teachers and we set a time for us to meet and talk about Teacher Training. After taking a super fun Sculpt class together, she gave me all the information I needed to make my decision on if I wanted to teacher train or not. The great thing about teacher training is your goal doesn't have to be that you want to become a teacher, it's a great learning opportunity if you love a form of yoga and want to learn more about it. So, I decided to enroll in training to deepen my own practice, make a hobby I loved a bigger part of my life, and potentially be able to teach said loved hobby to others in the future!
The sense of community you feel at Corepower is far from lost during Teacher Training. I've never once felt judged or nervous i'd mess up in front of my fellow yogi students, or OMies as Corepower likes to call it! I feel encouraged by them and the teachers, which has helped me feel less worried about making mistakes. Being surrounded by people that are all at completely different points in their lives and yoga journeys has made me really realize just how different everyone's journey is and will be. I feel more confident in where I am in my own journey because if that's where I am, it's right where I need to be. Just as everyone else is right where they need to be in this moment.
Three weeks into Teacher Training and there was already so much more to these classes than I imagined. They're formulaic and meticulously planned so that everything is damn near perfect, in my opinion. Like most things in life, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to these YogaSculpt classes, and I have to say, teaching it is much harder than it looks...and it never looked easy! I'd already learned so much and could feel my practice getting better as I became a better teacher.
Not only have I learned a lot about what goes into these classes, their structures, and their meanings. I've also learned more about my own body and practice. I've learned that some modifications are good for me to take, and will be better for me in the long run. Remembering that taking modifications doesn't make you weak, and can still make you stronger is one of the many great lessons i've learned. I've learned more about how my muscles work and now feel like I have more knowledge when it comes to moving my body and exercising. Knowing exactly why things are good for you can encourage you to utilize them more, in whichever way works for you!
I then decided to further educate myself, and make sure I felt super solid as a teacher by doing the four week extension program once our base training was done. Each week during this program we were assigned a part of class that we chose the music for and got to teach round robin style during a real class that's on the schedule and everything. Teaching to real bodies, that are almost all strangers, was a bit strange at first because most of the time during these classes you don't have any clue what your students are thinking. The only times you can really tell is when they're tired from working so hard, and when they're having fun, both of which are important! I enjoy teaching an upbeat class like sculpt because you're in control of the energy, and when you put out something positive that then gets given back to you it feels amazing. Yet another lesson from Yoga Training I can take into my day to day life. It's almost always true that you'll receive the energy that you put out into the world.
Now that training is done I can safely say I feel super confident in myself as a teacher and within my own practice! The yogi part of me has grown so much and I'm really proud of myself in all that I've done over these past 9 weeks. Even so I want to know more about other postures, adjustments, and meaning behind things, so I think I'm going to try a power training in the Fall! Since I was the youngest in training and am not 18 yet I can't audition for a job until after my birthday. But I have so much fun picking out my music and creating my own sequences, plus I love seeing myself begin to speak more fluidly. So, until the day I can audition comes, I'm going to continue practicing and teaching to anyone who's willing to be taught! I think the next thing I need to do is to be just as productive with the rest of my aspirations as I have been with my Yoga!
All in all it was a great experience and I'm so glad I did it, because every time I begin to have confidence in myself in any way, no matter how little it may be, it helps me feel more confident in myself as a whole.