What a relief! I am so proud to have passed the Practical portion of the YTTC. It wasn’t easy — I wish I had done this 20 years ago when I was still young and fit! But saying that, I am much fitter now than I was when I started the course 5 weeks ago. One of the real benefits I see is that I now know where my weak spots are, and where my strengths are. I will be stretching and practicing at home on a regular basis to correct the weaknesses and to build on the strengths.
What follows is a piece of advice (stop reading now if you don’t want it…..)
For those of you who are still young and strong, I cannot stress enough how critical it is to keep your practice up. Once you hit your 40’s (or like me, are close to 50) you loose tone and strength so quickly it’s scary. You don’t really believe it when you are young and fit. When I was younger, I believed I was invincible and would never really show ageing. But then one day you wake up, and there are pains where they didn’t exist before. It comes on when you don’t even realize it. I slowed down my yoga practice when life (or rather, work) got in the way in my early 40’s. DON’T LET THAT HAPPEN TO YOU! Find time for yoga. Always. It will make your life much happier and healthier in the long run.
Anyway, I am back in it now, and couldn’t be happier. This has been a fantastic 5 weeks, and I love the results.
Next step – gain more experience teaching!!!!