Moksha Yoga Teacher Training Day #19

This morning I was antsy! My brain and body were all over the place, I was freaking out over the afternoon to come. Today was my presentation day! And when you’re slammed doing yoga all the time at very moment, you don’t have time to think about anything else.

In addition to training and lectures a big chunk of week 3 and week 4 are spent on presentations. Each trainee my get up in front of the whole group and present for 10 minutes. I know this is not difficult. But public speaking is one of the most feared things in the whole world! I get nervous about the idea of public speaking, but it is something I truly want to be really good at. I wanted to be prepared and I wanted to do a good job. I did not feel prepared nor did I think it was going to be good.

I struggled with my presentation topic right up until the week before training. I debated with the idea of getting personal and sharing something deep – which is completely scary – or able the blog or fitness things. I was stuck. Nothing felt right and I didn’t want to brag about me, and talk only about me. Ahhhhh! This was really hard.

My LA sangha! My  presentation inspiration!

My LA sangha! My presentation inspiration!

The morning came and our asana was lead by my fellow trainees. Although the class was great and brought my spirits up, it was almost 2 hours long! And it was hot! After class, Bryde spent the morning talking about our Distance learning projects: how we’re going to spend the next 11 months of our lives, basically, to complete the teacher training. Training doesn’t end after 30 days. That would be too easy. For the remainder of the year, I have projects to complete based on the 7 pillars, the philosophy and foundation Moksha prides itself on. After lunch was journaling time and for me this meant presentation practicing time.

Thank goodness the afternoon class was with Ezmy! I’ve missed Ezmy so much. This class was the boost I needed to get me amped up for my presentation. I finally decided to speak on community and how a community has the power to change an individual. I used myself as an example with my community at Moksha Downtown. I’ve become a person I never in my life would have guessed. I have my community to thank for this. I also snuck in the idea of consuming mindfully as a way of living green. We as individuals have the power too to make change, stating in our own communities. I had to leave with a live green lesson!

Whew! I am so glad that’s over! Next up I’d was practice teaching on the Saturday. Then I’d be home free till the end.




Moksha Yoga Teacher Training Day #10

Holy crap! I have to teach a group of 30 people on day 11! Ahhhhh! Did you ever wake up knowing something was going to happen, but secretly hoped that it wouldn’t? Well this happened to me on Day 10. It was posted on our four day calendar that February 26th would be the first day of us teaching the daily asanas. I was selected to teach round one on the first day. I will have a full report on this on day 11. Because right now I need to practice. Ted told me today teaching first is the best. We’ll see how right he is tomorrow afternoon.


Today was my worst day of the training by far.  Not even Ezmy could get me out of my head in class today. I was not me at all. The 90 minute class was not fun and the whole group energy was drained. People were cranky, grumpy, and tired. Including me.

Thankfully, Ted was back to teach us another posture workshop which improved my mood drastically. After lunch was anatomy with Dina T. then two full hours of blocks and straps! The day kept getting better and better. But my energy level was not. I was dozing off in anatomy. We had our blocks and straps lecture at the studio (in the hot room) and Jackie was there to assist Dina T. Then Jackie taught us! And throughout the class, we used blocks in the most random, but awesome places. Ever try tree pose standing on a block? I needed Jackie to calm me down. Thank goodness a day to sleep will follow (thanks Bryde!). I think the whole group can use the rest.