This weekend was my final time on the AMAZING Yoga London course. For those of you who haven’t read about my Yoga London teacher training experience so far, you can click on Part 1 and Part 2 to catch up. As some of you will know, I’ve been teaching for a couple of months now, but my graduation weekend has only just been and gone. I did a group session at my local yoga studio and then had the most incredible opportunity to teach at the Adidas X Space in Victoria Park over the last two weeks.
Just to touch upon the Adidas classes, like I said it was a crazy wonderful experience, so thank you to all of the amazing ladies who came to my classes… if any of you are reading this, comment and say hey! There was such a positive energy in every class and teaching you all really gave me the thirst to do lots more events.
Now, back to the Yoga London journey…
COMING TO THE END
Towards the end of the Yoga London teacher training course I could feel everyone getting a little nervous about exams, but the Yoga London teachers were always on hand to answer any questions or concerns we had. I’m not particularly academic, always being into the more practical subjects at school like P.E, music and drama, so having to get my head down and revise for exams didn’t come easily. Rob was a huge help, as was my train buddy, Nicola. We spent many journeys quizzing each other and getting odd looks from people when shouting out posture names in sanskrit.
I’m writing this post as a fully qualified yoga teacher (YAY!), so you’ll know that I passed my exams and practical. The practical assessment went really well and it was great to have all of the feedback from Holly written down, so that I could take it away and digest it fully, rather than just having a ‘yes or no’ about passing. Holly’s comments are things I can build upon to become an even better yoga teacher.
On graduation day everyone was given a theme and had to teach the whole class a number of sun salutations each, equalling 108 all together! It’s open to interpretation about what the significance is of the number 108, but it’s known to be a sacred number in Hinduism and yoga. I sadly didn’t make it through all 108 because of my back pain – it seriously took it out of me.
A special shout out to my pal Lauryn Allman who’s theme was Uddiyana Bandha, but she opted for Hobbit Yoga instead (yes, that’s yoga with the language based around the Hobbit film!) and I was in stitches! I think it was one of those ‘had to be there’ moments, but I’ll let you know if she ever makes it a regular thing, as it was truly hilarious.
YOGA LONDON TEACHER TRAINING
A few people have emailed me asking where I did my training and if I’d recommend it, so if you haven’t already gathered the answer from this post then yes, I most definitely would recommend it. The Yoga London teacher training 200hr course looks at the anatomy of the body and how it’s used in yoga, the history and philosophy of yoga, teaching methods, marketing your business, along with some brilliant lectures on yoga nidra, meditation and ayurveda. To find out more about the course, check out the Yoga London website.
I can’t believe it’s the end of the training, but really this is only the beginning of my journey. Not only in my yoga studies, as I plan to continue learning more, but also in terms of teaching and the awesome group of people I met. Everyone has their own story and their own journey, so it feels very intimate to be a part of that with a group of people. I mentioned Holly Warren, our course leader, in my previous post as she’s one of the most inspirational yoga teachers I’ve ever had and I feel lucky to have had her as my mentor throughout this course. If you’re London based and ever fancy a private class, I hugely recommend Holly.
I’ve had quite a few requests for yoga classes in London, so I’m planning some exciting things at the moment. Keep your eyes peeled for an announcement on my Instagram. For anyone in the Stamford area, I give private yoga classes here, so just pop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, comment below, as I’ll be doing a YTT YouTube Q&A very soon.
Love, Cat x
The first three images are courtesy of adidas, photographed by Nathan Gallagher.