I survived my 10-day yoga teacher training immersion with Shiva Rea and have landed in my sweet little apartment in SLO in one piece. With this training’s end I have officially completed the “classroom” hours required for my 200 hour certification with Shiva’s Samudra School of Living Yoga. I can also get registered by Yoga Alliance, which is the governing board of yoga teachers here in the US. I feel so amazing after spending 10 days with Shiva. She was even more grounded, radiant, funny, and real than she has been in the past. I’m afraid to type this, but I’m not sick either! Both of my prior training/immersion experiences left me depleted and sick for at least a few days or almost a week afterwards. Not this time, babe. I am energized, inspired, renewed, excited about being able to share this great practice with those around me.
To get my certification I still need to read and report on six yoga books, have someone take photos of some key yoga poses, have someone film me teaching a class, and doing a living sadhana which is sort of like lent, where I’ll give up or dedicate myself to something for 30 days, from new moon to new moon. I’m not terribly hung up on getting a piece of paper, but I feel like I have so much to learn from Shiva, and this is one of the best ways for me to continue to learn from her. So, it’s almost official. I’ll have that shiny piece of paper to hang in my office next to the McCarthy’s calendar 🙂
On another note, I will be writing about my experience at training on here, so expect to see a blow-by-blow account of what went on and how I felt about it. I also want to document exactly what I did for my spring Ayurvedic cleanse for my yogi friends who keep asking about it. I will also start posting the sequences I teach on a weekly basis so that any of my students or yogi friends can see what I’m up to and even practice the sequence outside of the studio (what a concept, I know).