You Down with YTT? That's a wrap - the final installment of one trainee's experience with our YTT program

Guys! I'm officially a certified yoga teacher! It's kind of weird though, because multiple people have started asking me for personal stretching advice. Even weirder is when I start referencing body parts and Sanskrit words in regular conversation. But one of the coolest side effects of teacher training that I wasn't fully expecting is how much it deepened my own practice both on and off my mat. Yes, I'm still the same ridiculous and loud person I was before. But I feel like I have a deeper capacity to connect with myself and control how I feel about and react to things. It's pretty incredible to realize both the physical control you have over your body and the mental control you have over your mind. I'm pretty grateful to have had this opportunity to learn and grow as a yogi and as a human. 

 The graduating class of Summit YTT April 2018!

The graduating class of Summit YTT April 2018!

I would like to take a moment to thank and give virtual hugs to Jennie and the insanely knowledgeable yet totally down-to-earth Summit YTT staff. I always felt challenged during training, but I also always felt like the challenge was within reach, and that's largely because of the encouragement that all of us trainees received from our teachers. Even though it sometimes felt overwhelming in the moment, we were never asked to do more than we could handle. We were told on the first day that this wouldn't be easy — and they were right — but nothing worthwhile is ever easy. And this has been so incredibly worthwhile and fulfilling. 

So thank you Jennie, Liz, Bailey, Sarah, Stephanie, and Emily for believing in us and guiding us and laughing with us and real-talking with us and everything else in between. And of course, thanks to the best fellow trainees anyone could ask for. I actually miss spending 12 hours a day with you all. (But also it's really nice to spend some quality time with my bed.) See y'all in the studio!

 Stephanie, the newly-graduated yoga teacher! CONGRATS!!!

Stephanie, the newly-graduated yoga teacher! CONGRATS!!!