yoga teacher training: a weekend in pictures

While everyone else in Cleveland was preparing for, tailgating before or watching the Browns game (at least according to my social media feeds), I was immersed in another yoga teacher training weekend. Let me share a glimpse into what those three days looked like…

That would be last minute cramming for our test Friday night. I now offiically know far too much yoga terminology for my own good. And I’ll never forget the Sanskrit for standing splits after it. Eka Pada Uttanasana, anyone?

Early Saturday morning, we met at the local Panera where some fueled up on breakfast pastries and I had to stick to good old fashioned coffee. My second cup for the morning gave me the energy to carry me  through the Mahamrit Chant. Or it may have been those three opportunities to do wheel pose… My girls Jen and Kimberly joined us that morning for the 9:30 class. I love the energy created when getting to practice with friends on either side of you.

Above is my usual set up for any asana practice: my Manduka, two blocks and a strap (sans my forgotten water bottle and towel). You never know when you’ll need them. Like when your teacher decides to finish the class with hanumanasana. Always be prepared, people…

I love practicing in front of this painting of Ganesh created by fellow TT Jessica. On lunch break on Sunday, the two of us snuck away to the local Caribou Coffee to pick up brewed beverages for many and take some time for ourselves. As much as our group has an overall connection, I’m enjoying getting to know each of the TTs individually. I’m lucky to be supported by some amazing people through this process. That was only further proven by our discussions and lessons on Sunday.

And before we knew it, it was 5:00PM on Sunday and it was time to finish up for the weekend. I went home inspired to learn more and to get further into The Four Desires by Rod Stryker. I also found this video of him teaching at Wanderlust and then vowed to one day take a class from each of my teacher’s teachers. But for now, I will have to start closer to home by checking out the Atma Center. The drive to Cleveland Heights will do just fine for a road trip!

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  1. Alix says:

    Hi Alicia,

    I came across your blog not too long ago and have been enjoying reading it.

    I recently moved back to the Cleveland area after being away for awhile and have just started blogging about my experiences here at

    Really loved reading about your yoga teacher training. I’ve been wanting to start doing yoga but haven’t yet found a place in the area. Do you have any recommendations for classes?

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