The cosmos is within us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself. ~ Carl Sagan
I was nervous, riding the bus on a sunny morning to the first day of my Yoga Teacher Training journey that I would be on for the next 6 months!
I entered a beautiful hardwood floor studio with a view overlooking the downtown. A room full of 16 other people! Intimidating.
We started with an asana practice to warm up, then the group of 17 (where there was only 7 at the info session I attended the month before!) introduced themselves, each talking about how they got into yoga, where they are from… we sat in a large circle on strange chair-like things called ‘back jacks’.
Next we learned about the 8 limbed path of yoga (Ashtanga = asht – eight, anga- limb).
Then we did some pranayama exercises – such as 3 part breath or aka full yogic breath.
This was followed by a second asana practice in the afternoon, and a tea break (of vegetarian food – veggies, crackers, dips, popcorn and cookies (yum!).
We were then divided into ‘element groups’ (groups of people who live geographically close to each other, so we can study together, or practice together, and take turns doing ‘karma yoga’ throughout the program (providing tea time goodies every in-class weekend). Other karma yoga duties included: cleaning up the studio at the end of the day, lighting the candles on the alter at the start of the day, and that each group would prepare the snacks for tea time. My group was the Earth Element Group – and just so happened to be the first group to do the tea time the following class!
The first day was fun and we played lots of group ‘games’ to get to know each other and everyone’s names!