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Leap: My 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Is Complete

I finished up the last of my requirements for my 300 hour teacher training program at ISHTA Yoga. In the aftermath of the intense number of hours, I feel relieved but not in the way you might think. It’s nice to have more time back on my calendar. It’s nice to feel such a sense of pride and accomplishment in completing a program I spent years thinking about. My relief doesn’t come from either of those sources.

I am relieved that there is a little space on East 11th Street that feels like a spiritual home. A place I can go that always makes me feel better no matter what kind of day I’ve had, no matter what pressures or stresses weigh on me. A place where I can go to heal, where there’s always a friendly face, where I always feel like the very best version of myself.

This certificate means much more to me than the completion of a set of training hours. It’s a map. In that handful of words on a page, I found a way forward even when I’m not exactly sure where I’m trying to go. In that tiny space on East 11th Street there is a bit of magic sprinkled in every corner that welcomes every guest who wishes to sit and learn and be. I am proud to be among them.

11 thoughts on “Leap: My 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Is Complete”

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  2. First of all I want to say terrific blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.

    I was curious to know how you center yourself and clear your mind prior to writing.
    I’ve had trouble clearing my mind in getting my ideas out there. I truly do take pleasure in writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are generally lost simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Kudos!


    1. Thank you so much!

      I meditate and practice yoga every day. It helps tremendously with my writing. Also, I feel like I’m always on the look out for content for my next post. I get a seed of any idea, file it away in the back of my mind, and over time it evolves into a picture that is complete enough for a post.

      I also use something called Roses and Thorns. Each day I think about the best and worst thing that happened to me and very often topics for posts arrive from there. I read about this technique in an interview with the Obamas. It’s a ritual at their dinner table 🙂

      Let me know if these ideas work!


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    1. Hi Jaime – thanks so much for your kind comment. I’m so glad this blog has inspired your own writing adventure. Bravo!


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