I will be taking my planned sabbatical from running Myriad Yoga Teacher Training sooner that I originally thought and announced. After further thought and consideration, I have decided not to run the yoga teacher training for the 2018-2019 year.
I have run 7 trainings over the past 5 years. They have been incredible years of transformation and growth, not just for those lovely souls who have joined my training program, but for myself as well. I feel like I have taken 7 teacher trainings in the past 5 years! If you know me or have talked to me about YTT – you know that I am passionate, and a bit insistent, on the training programs being at least 1 year long (I actually think it would be ideal to take 2 years with it). I feel that the year long format is essential for full integration and digestion of all the information and material students learn in the teacher training. Many people vastly underestimate the amount of information, and the depth of information, learned in a teacher training. It is no exaggeration to say it is life changing. However, it does take a considerable amount of time and energy on my part, and I am feeling the need to step back and rejuvenate that energy.
Because yoga teacher training is such a major commitment, I want to be able to give of myself fully to the people in the training and to make the program the best that it can be. Currently, I feel it is important to step back, to rest, to pursue other paths, and to reconsider how the training is structured and how some of the modules are arranged. It may be time for an upgrade!
But I confess that I am also feeling a very strong pull to make more art. That is a voice that can no longer sit quietly in the corner while yoga takes the center stage in my life. Art making and being creative is as much a healing and mindful practice as meditating and practicing yoga. Right now, that side of me has little breathing room. So in reconsidering my time I am being generous to myself and shaving away the one obligation that takes the vast majority of my time.
I will finish up the current YTT program that is set to graduate in July, 2018. Then I will take a minimum of one year away. After some time to ponder and reflect, I will have a better sense of how to move forward.
Answers to questions people have already been asking:
- Yes, I will continue to teach all of my regular yoga classes. In fact, I may teach more of them!
- Yes, I will continue to offer events from Jai Studios- I may even teach some of them too!
- I will further pursue art making, and I intend to seek out show venues, galleries, and open studio tours. I have a show coming up in April in Brattleboro, and a studio tour coming up Memorial Day weekend!
- I am making inquiries into offering art workshops again. I even have an Art and Yoga Retreat planned for this summer at Jai Studios!
- I will be happy to take on a few more private students. Let me know if you are interested in weekly lessons!
- I have not made any permanent decision regarding the future of the training, and I will in fact renew the Myriad Yoga School of Teaching with Yoga Alliance so I do not loose that accreditation.
I think it is important for everyone to carefully evaluate and examine the use of their time. We only have so much time to walk this planet and make our mark. In closing, I leave you to this quote I am pondering by Stephen Cope:
“Am I living fully right now? Am I bringing forth everything I can bring forth? Am I digging down into that ineffable inner treasure-house that I know is there? That trove of genius? Am I living my life’s calling? Am I willing to go to any lengths to offer my genius to the world?”