When this letter comes out, I’ll have just celebrated another trip around the sun. On the morning of my birthday, I find a quiet place to meditate, to get still and really listen, to set and write down intentions to carry me through my next year (for at least the past five years I've done this). Writing down intentions has power, don’t you think?
I have been blessed with many, many things in year 30. I’ve also had some serious hardships and big questions. As I wrote these blessings and lessons on my birthday morning, I felt a little voice tell me it’s time to allow my life to change and shift. I need to let go of the way I think things should be. Since our baby boy’s arrival 11 months ago, I’ve felt the need to get back to the way life “was” before baby at home and at work. You know, doing all the things just with a baby either on my hip or smearing avocado on the table. But that’s just it. Life has changed. I’m changed. There’s no going back to the way things “were.” And, I’m ready to go with it. I didn’t even realize I was swimming upstream.
With that, I want to talk about the Fall 2018 Teacher Training program. Don’t worry! It’s not going anywhere. Eugene and I have had time to reflect on the program in its entirety. In short, this experience WILL change your life if you let it. It WILL take commitment. It is for the brave. It’s for those who want to understand how they move and interact with the world, how they can shape their lives into a beautiful body of work, service, celebration, wisdom, and above all, love. But, we simply need more time.
I need time to rest in between weekends and pursue my own path of study. You need time to really soak up all the material and apply it to your yoga practice and life beyond the mat. With that, we are continuing the program with slight alterations that I hope will serve you better, and that I know will support my family, my own self-care, and my future career plans. Okay, I’ll spill the details:
- Yoga Dear Teacher Training will be held ONE yoga-filled weekend per monthfrom Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
- The program will start on Friday, September 21, 2018 and conclude on April 7, 2019, 6 ½ months of study
- Many weekends are still the exact same (especially for those who have made arrangements already), and we’ve added new dates for January - April. Please visit this page for the list of weekends.
- The hours have changed slightly to Fridays 4-8 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., Sundays 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (20 hours each weekend with time for meals) to accommodate less weekends (8 instead of the former 10)
One of the most exciting things about starting a business that works for your family is...to make it actually work for your family. Amiright??! So, it's time for me to make it work, to incorporate yoga and family the best way I know how, rather than following what I thought it "should" look like. In this way, I'll be able to serve better and to serve more. I also know there are so many others out there who are little hesitant about back to back weekends of yoga. I get it - you have families, work, lives of your own, too. I truly hope that by making this change, you will be able to join me and Eugene, and the fabulous teachers of YD for an incredible ride.
Oh, and guess what?? We’re extending our Early Bird rate by one week - July 7, 2018! To quote a teacher trainee graduate, "If you're on the fence, get off of there! It's uncomfortable."And, by joining with the Early Birds, you're saving $200. I’m not sure when Yoga Dear will be offering another Teacher Training program, as life is pulling me to pursue an education I’ve been dreaming about for years. If you have any questions at all about training, let’s get together over tea or coffee and talk! I am DELIGHTED to have already guided 13 beautiful souls on this journey, and I cannot wait to share 200 hours of yoga study with you. So, if not now, then when?
P.S. The Sanskrit term I'm referencing here is called Aparigraha, meaning non-attachment. We get really attached to the ways things "should" be, the life we "should" be having or living. We get really attached to things like 5-year plans and what our bodies can/can't do and houses we should live in and the work we should be doing. I certainly get swept up in this, too. I hope you'll pause for a moment today and think about the "shoulds" in your life, why they are there, and if you really need to hold onto them so tightly. If you're so attached to "should," what might you be missing out on? As always, I LOVE to hear from you. Write me with your thoughts. <3