Kira Joya’s Blog

Decisions. Decisions.

Posted in Yoga by Alissia on April 25, 2009

All day I was trying to think about what to write about tonight. If I keep my blog up to date, then not only do I have a chance of gaining more readers, but I will also have a journal of how I did things when I was starting my business. Maybe later on, I can help someone else who happens to be where I am now. Anyway, I think I am going to talk about something that has been getting in the way of my creative thinking.  I have been weighing a decision for the last few weeks and it’s really starting to get to me. I want to just make a decision and get it over with. To me, this is a really important decision and that’s why I have been agonizing over it for awhile. I am looking into yoga teacher training programs. I want to become a yoga teacher to further my own practice and to help others develop a practice that works for them. There are a few different studios I am looking into and all the programs seem to be great, but each have their own pros and cons.

1) There is a teacher training intensive that I have been looking into in Pittsburgh. I have been in touch with the teacher and she is really welcoming and kind on the phone.

PROS:

a. The teacher seems wonderful.

b. The training is an intensive, so it isn’t a year long commitment. There are two week long intensive sessions, two Friday night workshops, and a fall weekend retreat intensive.

c. I went to college in Pittsburgh and could stay with friends while I’m there.

CONS:

a. The training is in Pittsburgh, a little over 300 miles from where I live. I will have to travel there twice, once in June and once in August.  The weekend retreat is even further from me at the Olmsted Retreat.

b. I will still have to search out 2 more workshops to take and find a teacher close to my home who is willing to let me student teach.

c. Tuition is low, but doesn’t include any books, the retreat, or extra workshops.

d. Since the training is in Pittsburgh, any friendships that I make in training will have to be long distance friendships.

e. Since the training is an intensive, will I learn all that I have to learn to be a yoga teacher in such a short amount of time?

f. I will have to be away from my daughter for 2 weeks (one week at a time) and find child care for both weeks as well as the weekend retreat.  My mom has offered, but something could always come up.

g. I will not be able to visit the space or meet the teacher before training begins in June. 

2) Another option is the Yogalife Institute teacher training. I took a class there on Wednesday.  The class was great, the staff was great, and they had quite a large bookstore for such a small space.

PROS:

a. The owner/teacher is quite knowledgeable.  He has a PHD in yoga, I believe, and owns Yoga Living Magazine.

b. The program seems to be really comprehensive and I have no doubt that I would learn an incredible amount about yoga, yoga philosophy, and a yoga lifestyle.

c. It is close to my home.

d. Friends that I would make would also be close to my home.

e. They have a rolling admissions policy that would allow me to start in May if I want to.

CONS:

a. The program is a year long.  I would love to be done sooner, for my own personal reasons.  If this were a 7 or 8 month program, I would jump right in.

b. Childcare…not sure if I can get it all covered.  There is one Saturday, two Fridays, a workshop…I don’t have it all clear yet.  Nonetheless, I will have to work out childcare consistently for a year.

3) The yoga studio I recently joined, and really like, also has a teacher training program.

PROS:

a. I really like the studio and teachers.  I’m still new there and it takes me a little while to warm up, but I feel pretty comfortable there.

b. I know the instructors really want their students to learn yoga…mind, body, and spirit.  They do facilitate a meditation practice even in their daily yoga classes.

c. It’s close to my home.

CONS:

a. I missed their 2009 program and would have to wait until March 2010 to begin my teacher training. ( I think this is the only con for this program…but it’s a big one for me.)

4) There is another option…but I think that even as I write this, I have made my decision.

Wow!  I wish I had written this a week ago.  That was so helpful to me to write out all the pros and cons.  I think that I will go with the Yogalife Institute program.   There is only one real con…the year commitment.  The con is also a pro because I’m not sure that I would learn what I need to learn in an intensive anyway.  Hopefully, they will accept me.  I left my yoga mat at the studio on Wednesday….What kind of future yoga teacher leaves behind one of the only tools she needs?  The kind of future yoga teacher who thinks she will be late to pick up her daughter from preschool, that’s who!

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