1. What inspired you to make the decision to get your certification?
I first came to yoga two years ago for several reasons, one being to enhance my own level of self-care. I currently work as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the PTSD clinic at the Danville Veteran's Administration. I have seen my physical, mental, and spiritual health improve through developing a personal yoga practice, and I was inspired to share yoga with Veterans as an additional path to healing the physical, mental, and spiritual wounds of PTSD.
2. What surprised you the most about this program?
I was most surprised at the incredible depth of learning we were offered in teacher training. Our instructors not only provided guidance on learning and improving physical practice, but also on the importance of pranayama (breathing techniques), meditation, spirituality, and yoga's rich and diverse history. I was also surprised at the many ways in which teacher training challenged me to step out of my comfort zone and explore both my strengths and insecurities.
3. What have you learned about yourself?
I have learned that I am always improving, always learning, and always a work in progress. To stop striving for perfection and be kinder to myself. :)
4. What’s the most impactful piece you have taken away from this program?
To continue exploring things that terrify me, because growth can only be obtained through taking a stepping forward. I was also inspired by the sense of acceptance and community formed through the experience of yoga teacher training. Yoga is absolutely for everyone! I hope to spread that same sense of acceptance and community to the Veteran community.
5. Any plans on how you might like to use your Yoga Alliance 200hr certification?
My hope is to begin teaching trauma-focused yoga classes in my current work at the VA. I would also like to continue working to develop yoga programming for Veterans in the Champaign-Urbana community.