Ever since I was a Sophomore in high school I had the dream of becoming a yoga teacher. Five years later and that dream has become my reality! Not only am I a newly certified yoga instructor, but I received my certificate in a time of complete uncertainty. Scared, confused, and fearful about what the future held, I stayed committed to my plan of doing a 200 hour training with Vibe Yoga and I am so unbelievably grateful that I did.
The training program was shifted to an all online platform and let’s just say Zoom became my new best friend! I had the absolute pleasure of meeting and growing with 17 other beautiful trainees and two wonderful instructors, Laura and Erin. We connected almost everyday for an intensive 6 weeks of training and it truly became such a special part of my days. Each meeting we developed a closer bond as a group and learned how to honor ourselves and each other through yoga. Our zoom calls became an online space for radical change, growth, and acceptance. Laura and Erin cultivated a safe place that allowed me to speak freely and express myself authentically. No matter who you were, where you came from, or what you did you were accepted and honored, how unbelievably beautiful!!
I was given the opportunity to challenge my thoughts and beliefs through learning about yoga’s past, present, and predicted future. The course covered a multitude of topics including: the philosophy and history of yoga, meditation, ayurveda, anatomy, the business of yoga, and foundational yoga skills. I felt my interests expanding after every call and I knew that even if I never became an actual yoga teacher that I would still have so many avenues of connecting with yoga daily.
I embarked on this journey expecting to learn about how to teach a yoga class, but I was unexpectedly provided with so much more. This space wasn’t just about developing the skills to become a yoga teacher, it was also about becoming a better version of myself and that is exactly what I did. The amount of content that is covered in this course, under the umbrella of yoga, provided me with a grand opportunity to radically awaken. I was hesitant at first with the training being all online and jam packed into six weeks, but the potency of the course was incredible. The knowledge I had developed, strengthened, and surrendered throughout the program guided me to making necessary life changes that I could have never predicted. I switched my major and said farewell to dance, something that had defined my existence for 17 years of my life. I felt empowered to take control of my own happiness by embodying the lessons I had learned through yoga in those short 6 weeks.
Training online, through Vibe, was a pivotal step forward on my journey in this life and I am beyond grateful to have had a space that allowed me to find and create inner peace. I learned that yoga is not just about a physical practice, it is about showing up for yourself, for each other, and for the Earth in the most compassionate and loving way. I learned that yoga is in every waking moment. It is in every single breath. For that I am forever grateful to Laura and Erin, to Vibe, to my classmates, and to of course...Yoga for all that it was, all that it is now, and all that it is becoming.
If you are interested in seeing how my journey unfolded or want to get an even deeper insight into my thoughts about the program, the online setup, and my internal monologue throughout the process, I highly recommend you check out these vlogs that I recorded during my training!
Part one: https://youtu.be/7drq8O4dtN4
Part two: https://youtu.be/u3lZuPSpfZs
Part three: https://youtu.be/zqWnYM2jCVc
Part four: https://youtu.be/hYk_hmYWbRA
Part five: https://youtu.be/duHJPlVeRek