Taking my yoga journey a notch higher is scary and exciting at the same time. This means finally registering for a yoga teacher’s training, which is major leap from just attending yoga classes and workshops to actually leading a class and share my knowledge about yoga. I know for a fact that teacher’s training will require discipline, a lot of hardwork, determination, some possible injuries and buckets of sweat to reach personal goals and breakthroughs. But it’s the risk I’m willing to take.
Coming to Singapore for a yoga training was just a thought that lingered on my mind. This country is quite expensive to live in but like gravity, something pulls me toward googling about yoga schools in Singapore. Then, I saw The Yoga Mandala Singapore, made inquiries, and after much contemplation, I finally decided to register for the Hatha-Vinyasa Yoga Teacher’s Training Course. There were some difficulties along the way but I’d like to believe that because I wanted this course so bad, heavens will move mountains for you to have it. So here I am, enjoying this weekday training program to become a full-pledged yoga teacher.
The first week of YTT is like getting yourself into a wonderful unknown. As an expat, I dont know much about what the yoga culture is in this country except that people are into fitness. I was anxious to the point of almost having a diarrhea because I’m stressed. It was the same feeling I had when I went my first class at the university except that it’s an unfamiliar territory (hello overseas!). At some point, I thought everyone was a snob or perhaps they was just timid and coy. Trying to get the feeling of what it’s like to be in YTT and paddling their way through uncharted waters. But all it took was one smile and then the rest is history.
To my surprise though, the class is bilingual. When people started speaking in Mandarin, I had no clue what they were saying. Thankfully, the teachers- Jessica and Nicole, even with the help of Alexis, everything is translated. This is absolutely a welcomed surprise. Not only do I learn a lot about Yoga but I also get a free Mandarin class. (Now I know how to count 1-5 and say “inhale” and “exhale” in Mandarin.*wink*)
To me, first week as a whole is mostly about gaining personal strength and nurturing interpersonal relationships. Im excitedly absorbing what I have learned and see my progress at the end of the course. It is not just for me though. I am excited for everyone’s progress too as I’ve seen them work hard to attain personal goals. And what I love the most? The Diversity. That coming from different places, and the anguage barrier, it is very evident friendships can be built.