Saturday, April 11, 2015

Be your own student


by Sammy Garrett, Zuna Yoga 200 hour yoga teacher training graduate

Less than a week after the completion of our 200 hour yoga teacher training on Gili Meno, two Zuna classmates and I took part in instructed yoga classes. This was the very first experience of a group led class post teacher training. It was definitely an eye opening experience to go from what we had learned with Zuna Yoga to what was being taught out there in the ‘real world’. Up until this point, I could not fathom that in an a few short weeks, we could know more than many yoga teachers around the world. I put my doubts to the test and I’m glad I did. 

Sammy on Gili Meno
As Zuna Yogis, we walked away from the experience of a led yoga class with pride in our stride and a sense of confidence we didn’t have before. I now knew that by practicing what I preach, I was equipped to teach. Grabbing the bull by the horns in my usual fashion, that’s exactly what I did. Fortunately, following the yoga teacher training, I had planned a week’s break in a secluded coastal village on the west coast of Bali. I approached the reception staff to advise them I was a yoga teacher and would be more than happy to offer free classes to the guests during my stay. As you can imagine, they were thrilled at the idea and gave me ample space and promotion to get the ball rolling. Sure, it was daunting, but there’s no time like the present, and I was adamant to make the most of my newfound self-belief.

Bali yoga shala
I had three guests turn up to my very first class, all of whom had varying abilities. I had prepared the sequence and practiced in advance to make sure the recipe was just right. Thankfully, it was a small group, and I was able to tailor certain postures for each individual, offering variations. The whole experience was a huge learning curve, one I’m grateful for. Afterwards, I had positive feedback from a woman who had been practicing yoga on and off for a number of years. The Udan Vayu meditation was also a highlight.  Afterwards, I was on cloud nine. I did it -- I took the plunge! It definitely wasn’t perfect and there is plenty of room to grow, something which I am excited about. My favorite thing about this journey is that it’s never ending. The beauty of yoga is that it never remains stagnant, there is always discovery and development. 

On the path to Yoga
Will it ever be the same being a yoga student again? Probably not. With the knowledge acquired during my training with Zuna Yoga, a completely different awareness is applied during practice. The fine line between being a student and being a teacher is entirely altered post training. I know now that there is no going back. I have the Zuna tools in my belt for a reason and these tools are far too good not to share! I’m sure the Zuna Yogi’s out there agree that our tool belts are more than adequately operational to live fully and powerfully through yoga. Although I have left the paradise of maoMeno, I continue to follow the white coconuts and my heart on the path of Yoga. Bringing with me confidence and trust in my own abilities. From here on out, I will be placing importance on my own personal practice. As I evolve as a teacher, I look forward to sharing my learnings with the world.

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