How Teacher Training at YS Changed Me For Good

Written by Shannon Sliva
Shannon has been our YS soul sister since 2007. In 2015, she moved to Denver to become a Bad-Ass Professor but she promises to visit often. 

When I signed up for teacher training at YogaSport in the spring of 2012, my goal was to learn more about the tradition of yoga and my personal practice. It is safe to say that the program surpassed my wildest expectations. In truth, teacher training with Angela turned out to be the first major step in a life-changing journey to meet my best self.

Before you quickly click the link below to sign up, let me tell you what teacher training is not. It is not easy. It is hard work, physically, mentally, and emotionally. During some weekends, you will practice for hours on end, coaxing your tired body into yet another wheel to support your classmates in their growth. During others, you will scribble volumes of notes on anatomical terms like flexion, extension, lordosis, and kurtosis, and scratch out diagrams of the individual muscles of the rotator cuff. You will delve into your thought patterns and – sometimes painfully – extract emotional and spiritual roadblocks from your path to personal freedom and authentic relationships with others. While there is joy to be found in each of these processes, it will not always feel joyful and light. The joy comes later, like a blissful savasana at the end of a challenging, gut-wrenching practice.

When I started teacher training, I was mostly unaware of how much my need to be perfect was limiting my growth and development. If you too like to be good at everything, perhaps you can imagine how challenging it was for me to place myself in the shoes of a total beginner when I entered the training. I was frozen by fear and self-doubt. As I identified the roots of my mental blocks and pushed through physical and emotional barriers with the guidance of my teacher and the support of my classmates, my fear of failure was slowly overcome by courage, authenticity, and self-belief. I did not know what to say, but I said something anyway. I did not know how to do it right, but I did something

anyway. For me, this was a gradual but revolutionary shift which awakened a hidden part of myself that I barely knew existed. (Click here to read a blog post I wrote on this subject during training)The magic of this process is that it was not limited to my journey as a yoga teacher. In my work and in my relationships, I am more open, adventurous, and flexible. I speak and interact more authentically. I am less afraid of my mistakes. I feel bold, capable, and connected with what I have to offer. I laugh louder (or so I’m told).

While many things other than my teacher training at YogaSport have contributed to this ongoing transformation, it was through that initial process that I first invited a colorful, resonant tide of energy and movement into my life. If you are seeking a shift of some kind – even if you don’t yet know what it is – I invite you to join me on this beautiful journey.

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