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- Day 16, by Kristy Alpert
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- Day 9, by Kristy Alpert
When you’re beginning to incorporate a new habit or practice into your life, you’ll have a greater chance of success if you take baby steps. This means, we don’t have to take on a twenty or thirty minute practice every morning. We can start small. If five to ten minutes sounds doable, begin there. If that seems like too much, meditate for one to three minutes and go from there. Beginning small helps our mind adapt to a new behavior without overwhelming it.
Have you ever finished a yoga class, or home practice on your laptop, and thought to yourself with mild confusion while lying in savasana, “I feel much better than before, but what did I just do exactly?” It’s as if you were on auto-pilot as you made your way through the asanas. It’s like you let your subconscious mind take over as you followed the teacher online, not unlike driving your car to pick the kids up from nursery school. You can’t remember if you did bow pose or shalabhasana.
It was a beautiful moment to realize I had just finished my final assignment, and that’s when it hit me that there would have been absolutely no way I could have made it through this entire training without each of them. The teachers and staff provided the amazing framework for the program (and I’m so grateful for them and their infinite insight and wisdom), but it was really my fellow trainees that made the experience so remarkable and memorable.
The last two days at the teacher training mainly revolve around the final teaching round, a.k.a. “fun outs.” Basically we divided the group into four groups of five so we could each teach 15 minutes of a 75-minute class. Half of the groups taught a yang class (i.e., more power and vinyasa focused) while the other half taught a yin style class (more restorative and relaxing).
I taught my first successful 70-minute class today. Not only was I not nervous, but the time flew by and I felt pretty great about what I was able to put together. It’s so strange to think how just 14 days ago I would have hid in a corner if someone had asked me to teach for 70 minutes straight, butterflies fluttering within my belly at the thought of getting in front of a classroom full of people. But as I taught my partner one-on-one today I was surprisingly at ease, knowing I had confidence in what I was doing.
This morning was all about inversions. It’s amazing what a little change in perspective can do for the body. I woke up groggy, but the second I flipped upside down and let the blood rush to the opposite sides of my body, my day literally started over again.
In the travel world, there’s a phenomenon known as the third day slump. There’s no rhyme or reason to it, but it always works out that on business trips or extended holidays, around day three the energy begins to wane. By day four, everything is back to normal (exciting, energetic, etc.), but it’s just a matter of getting through the slump.