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My Yoga teacher training experience

By Sophia Somerville – graduate of Sukha Mukha Teacher training, May 2014.
It’s difficult to put into words such an embodied experience as a Yoga Teacher Training.

I felt welcomed by the communal, spiritual atmosphere of the space from the moment I set foot in the Sukha Mukha studio. This familial quality bled into the training, and we all became our own kindof family – not in a forced way, but special bonds formed in their own time, and continue to bloom and blossom. Ours was quite a large group, and sitting in a circle on the studio floor each weekend, we operated as this kind of moving, breathing, laughing orchestra – there was a gorgeous humour to our training, to our yoga. At times we were a classroom of rowdy kids, at others sombre teens or straightup exhausted adults. I always felt the teacher held the space beautifully for us, and always found a way to restore energy when it was needed.
I did the three month training this year at Sukha Mukha and as the poster suggests, it was intense. That first weekend I recall being so nervous, full of anticipation and delight and wondering–Where am I? Who else was crazy enough to sign up for this? What am I even doing here? I am terrified they’ll make me do headstand...You know, all the usual banter of the mind.
We came from all corners of life, all to deepen our relationship with this thing called yoga, which simply means ‘union’. We each brought our own reasons for coming, our own demons and strengths that came out at certain points. We all experienced struggles and triumphs with the various teachings that were shared by our teachers: Alignment and Sequencing, Anatomy and Physiology, Subtle Anatomy, the ancient yogic texts, the Yamas and Niyamas, Pranayama and Meditation, and that amazing retreat that somehow bound everything together…just to name a few.
I am now, upon graduating, quite astounded at the volume of information we engaged with, the range of ideas we were exposed to, the fluctuating feelings that came up and shifts in energy and mindset that took place within me (and my fellow students) as a result of the training. The elusive quality of this is that all the shifts and lessons are still taking place. After three months, the learning continues – it can’t help but go on. We are at the beginning, and I feel genuinely grounded, supported and inspired by my experience at Sukha Mukha.
A big thing I took away from this training was that the state of yoga is one that is ever present in us, it is natural to us all, it is our wholeness. We practice yoga to remind ourselves of what we already are – connected – bringing light and dark elements of ourselves together.
I originally thought I had to be at a certain level in my yoga practice or at a certain ‘place’ in my life to embark on such a training as this. What I learned was that there is never a perfect, ideal time to do anything in life. Somehow I managed to listen to that little voice and it lead me here: following my passion (in being a writer, in following yoga, in what I want to my life to feel like) is far less effort than it use to be. It’s not always easy or clear, because you must surrender to aspects of the journey – but there’s such power in trusting the unknown, in going towards the dark with your torch in your hand, shining bright.
I felt held, nurtured and challenged by all the teachers at Sukha Mukha. Idit has put together a deeply embodied teacher training program – informative and engaging on many levels. The physical and theoretical material was broad, but also went into real depth. I didn’t feel pressured or moulded to be a certain ‘type’ of yoga teacher. I felt influenced by exposure to a range of teachers, styles and methodologies, inspired to continue pursuing what resonates with me. I appreciated the different qualities, teachings and energy that each teacher brought to the table, with such a spirit of reverence and honesty.
Sukha Mukha Teacher Training provided the foundations I wanted, but so much more than that. I didn’t go in with a definite intention to become a yoga teacher – I said to myself I simply wanted to ‘deepen my practice’ (whatever that means) – but always kept an open mind, as we were encouraged from the very first day of training – ‘leave your expectations at the door’ I remember Idit saying with a smile. Sage advice, for life. As the course progressed I ended up falling into situations of teaching outside of class – friends, my mother, stepfather – and surprised myself in how it didn’t feel awful, that I had something to offer, and that it helped me begin getting over a deep-rooted fear and repulsion of the sound of my own voice. Many of my fellow graduates have already begun teaching classes and private clients, as well as assisting in classes.
For me the greatest, most unexpected gift of yoga has been a renewed and committed relationship with my own creativity and expression. All that I’ve absorbed from the training cannot help but seep into my life, into my relationships, into my work. This is a gift for life, and is a gift given and received with great love.
Throughout the training I felt comfortable to just be in that room – to genuinely allow myself to look within, and begin shedding layers to allow space for the new. This is quite a profound thing, to feel not only safe but powerful in your own vulnerability, in your own truth.
Whatever you are searching for, wherever you have come from, whoever you want to be…doesn’t really matter. There is something for you in the experience of a yoga teacher training. If you feel a pull, even the tiniest tug – I encourage you to follow it.
As usual, Rumi puts it best: ‘What you seek is seeking you.’
See more info on our teacher training by clicking on this link.
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