Exciting news: I’m going to be a yoga teacher!

February 28, 2014 in Career,Life,Philosophy

I’ve been practicing yoga on and off for about 10 years. After my first knee surgery at 14, my mom signed us up for a set of classes through our local rec center. I hated it: I had such a hard time slowing down, controlling my breathing, stopping my mind from racing. I took yoga as my phys ed elective in high school, and received a B: mostly because I skipped too many classes (it was my last semester of senior year!), but also because I just couldn’t take something so slow too seriously–I was an athlete! I took classes off and on through college, but it wasn’t until I spent a month in Bali doing yoga almost every day in early 2012 that I really grasped how life-changing it could be.

Christine Amorose in Petra, Jordan

Since moving to New York, yoga has become an essential part of my life. It’s been a place where I can escape the chaos and the crowds, the pressure and the priorities: 60 or 90 minutes of being able to focus on nothing but the flow and an ending shivasana of pure, quiet calmness. It’s made me stronger, physically and mentally: able to summon serenity with the same ease of moving through sun salutations. It’s how I discovered the joys of silence and the power of meditation; I’ve made friends and been inspired on weekend retreats in the Berkshires. One of my favorite date nights is hot yoga; one of my favorite weekend activities with my roommate is a vinyasa flow followed by breakfast burritos and fresh juice.

I’ve been interested in doing a yoga teacher training for a while. Primarily, I love the idea of deepening my own practice: proper alignment, Sanskrit definitions, how to sequence a flow. It’s been a while since I’ve actively educated myself: not since college have I had homework, required reading, an obligation to learn. Now that the seed has been planted, I’m intrigued by the possibility of actually teaching classes: perhaps in the yoga-saturated culture of Brooklyn, perhaps in leading retreats. I’d love to be able to to contribute to the non-profit Yoga Across America: their project Yoga in the Park is one of my favorite things about my hometown.

While I was in the Berkshires, I came across a journal entry from last summer in which I said I wanted to complete a yoga teacher training by January 2015. It was then I realized that there was no reason to keep putting it off, that there was never going to be a perfect time to commit. It was never going to be fewer than 200 hours, it was never going to be less expensive. I have money in savings, I have an incredibly supportive network, I’m healthy and happy and as ready as I’ll ever be. I write a lot about following your dreams and doing what makes you happy: I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t follow through.

I’m thrilled to announce that I’m embarking on the path to becoming a yoga teacher, starting tonight. If all goes as planned: I’ll have completed a 200-hour advanced studies program by mid-June. It’s an incredibly intensive four-month program in which I give up many, many weekends: the ultimate sacrifice for my traveling heart. But it feels right, right now–and I’m looking forward to sharing this particular journey.

Note: this post was written in collaboration with Shivayoga.

  • This is all so exciting for you! Congratulations. Yoga is such a rewarding practice. May your journey continue as such! xo

  • Anđela Ćenan

    More and more people seem to love yoga and when I read that it helped you mentally,… I wonder if I could ever do that..? I really need something that could help me calm down. my last year in college has been so stressful so far and I might just give yoga a shot! I’m not in NY, but where do I begin? What would you suggest? Educating myself – definitely, I know – but there’s so much material out there – where do I really begin? :) GOOD LUCK! :)))

  • Congrats on taking the leap! I got my teacher certification last winter, it was an intensive eight weekends in a row training but it was totally worth it! I haven’t done too much teaching yet but it was a great experience and I’ve definitely deepened my own practice.

  • Naomi Todd

    Wow, that is amazing news! Good luck and all the best!

  • Congratulations. I think it’s wonderful that you’re going for it.

  • HippieInHeels

    That’s awesome, good for you! Better than me… I love yoga although I’m terrible at it, I live in Goa where everyone and their mother is taking training courses- and I can’t seem to get to a class, let alone learn to be a teacher like you! I hope you love it.

  • Heather

    How exciting! Good luck with your training!!

  • Jennifer Snyder

    Christine! This is so exciting! Best of luck to you… and if I lived closer, I would definitely take you up on filling some of those practice hours. I’ve always wanted to get a better grasp on the practice. Looking forward to following your journey!

  • Truly fantastic. Congrats on making the commitment and best wishes for your yoga teaching future!

  • Briel79

    Awesome! Good luck with your training!

  • ksommerkamp

    Amazing! Wish you the best with your training!

  • Congratulations! I’ve always had yoga teacher training in the back of my mind as something I’d like to do. I think right now I still need to get some more consistency in my practice. Looking forward to reading about your experiences. Best of luck to you!

  • Since following your blog for more than a year now, I’ve always known that you’d somehow end up being a yoga teacher. I’m not surprised at all, but I’m def thrilled for you! Congratulations!!! Since I’m back in NYC for the next few months, I will be emailing you soon since I fell off the yoga wagon from traveling too much.

  • Chinye

    Congrats!

  • Yay! How exciting! Congrats and best wishes to you! :)

  • Consuelo & Beverly

    Good luck Christine!! You’ll be a natural -Bev

  • Congrats! How exciting. I definitely want to get certified sometime down the road, it seems like an amazing way to strengthen your own practice and grow personally & as a yogi!

  • Riana Autumn

    So amazing – congratulations! I’ve always loved the idea of yoga, and practising in Bali sounds like a dream, but I seem to struggle with the physicality and flow of it. But maybe it’s time to give it another shot!

  • camorose

    Thank you! I’m really excited about gong forward with something I’ve wanted to do for so long.

  • camorose

    Are there any yoga classes in your area? I think that going to community classes is the best way to start, but I also think a meditation practice could help you. I like to start my days with 5-10 minutes of sitting quietly and focusing on my breath. Insight Timer is a great tool for helping you time that without constantly checking your phone!

  • camorose

    Yay that’s so encouraging! A little overwhelmed right now, but definitely excited.

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    Thanks! I’m glad that I was able to move forward and just DO IT!

  • camorose

    Thanks! I do love yoga, although it took me a LONG time and lot of classes before I really got into it. It’s a whole different sort of physical and mental challenge.

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    Thank you! I’m planning on coming home this summer, so maybe I’ll try to throw together a “yoga in the park” for my friends in the area :)

  • camorose

    Thank you! I’m excited!

  • camorose

    Thanks lady!

  • camorose

    Thank you so much!

  • camorose

    Thank you! I’ve realized that there will never be a perfect time to do it–I’m definitely not the BEST at yoga that I’ll ever be–but it’s such a good opportunity to deepen my practice!

  • camorose

    Oh that’s SO sweet! Thank you! I’m really excited. And yes–totally going to be putting together some classes in New York, will put together some sort of email list for it :)

  • camorose

    Thank you!

  • camorose

    Thank you! I’m excited!

  • camorose

    Thank you! It’s harder than I thought so far–eek!

  • camorose

    I had to try it SO many times before I really fell in love with it. So hard to calm our mind, especially in today’s world, but I really find that the mental benefits are even greater than the physical ones!

  • Anđela Ćenan

    hmmm… I’ll need to check! I actually don’t know anyone who takes yoga classes :O
    Thank you for your advice! I’ll definitely try practicing meditation! :)

  • Brilliant use of the natural elements.. Awesome

  • sincerelykateb

    you’re awesome! can’t wait to be your first student! :)

  • kmmunoz

    Congrats on the decision! I’ve been following your blog for about two years now and, like some others have commented, I’m not surprised you’ve gone down this route! :) I’m in Brooklyn and would love to get practice tips! I’ve started practicing yoga this winter when I got too lazy to leave my apt during the snow/polar vortexes. I also dabbled in it a few years ago but was too impatient for what I thought was too slow of a physical activity since I’m a runner. Now I’m learning to appreciate the mind/body connection and really value the time I spend on my mat. Anyway, I couldn’t find your email, but please keep me posted if you do put a list or something together! x

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  • camorose

    Yay! I’ll make a yogi out of you yet!

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