I’ve got 43 days to go until my yoga teacher training starts, and only 40 days until I leave for Bali. Time is going by so quickly and I am getting more excited by the minute. Today, it’s all about how to prepare yoga teacher training. I want to be as prepared as possible for an experience that is unlike any other I have ever experienced, so that I can make the most of it.
This is a no-brainer, really. I am spending extra time on my mat to prepare not only my body, but also my mind for a month of intensive training. Nonetheless, I am taking it slow. The last thing I want is to injure my body or tire it out prior to the training.
I am not only flowing by myself, but also exploring lots of different teachers in studios or on Cody App and Thriving Plant Based to get inspired. I want to avoid practicing only my favourites, and this is a great way to keep both my mind and body guessing when I am on the mat. It’s also just extremely fun and relaxing and all things yoga.
I have acquired several books about yoga over the past years, some of which I have read several times, others I haven’t yet had the time to read. These months before my YTT are the perfect time to embark upon a reading journey through the world of yoga. There’s the ancient texts we will also be studying in the training, for instance The Yoga Sutras or the Baghavad Gita. I have also been indulging in some lighter reading such as , Colleen Saidman Yee’s memoirs.
Yes, workout. In order to get the most out of the physical aspect of training, I am building up my strength and stamina. In the gym. As much as I love yoga, there’s something about HIIT workouts and spinning classes that just gives me a super yummy boost in energy – even though I can’t feel my legs after.
This has been one of the trickier things to integrate into my routine, because sore muscles really to impeach my ability to have a strenuous vinyasa flow every single day, so I’ve had to take it slower and just practice yin yoga on multiple days.
Admittedly, this may seem like the vainest point on the list. It’s also one of the funnest. We’re talking yoga clothes! And it’s not entirely unnecessary; I will be practicing yoga twice daily and I do not want to have to wash my leggings daily. So I’ve been stocking up on some leggings and bras, and I also just invested in a new yoga mat – my trusted Jade mat is very much beginning to flake after two years of daily use.
…and mental preparation.
While there’s lots of things that need to be taken care of for a transcontinental trip (visa, accommodation, vaccinations…), most of what I am doing is mental prepwork. I am preparing to leave my partner for 30 days, the longest we’ve ever been apart. I’m getting ready to be exhausted, and excited, and elated all at the same time. I am using meditation and journalling to prepare to be wowed, and inspired and deeply touched.