All 8 women live within an hour's drive, so I don't have to worry about accommodations. Not all will be teachers, but all are there for the right reasons. They are serious minded but also fun and sweet and full of love and light. And bright - 6 of the 8 taught a sequence of 10 poses on their very first weekend in training.
Each weekend includes all the aspects of training - a little history, a little philosophy, a little on the lifestyle and practices of yoga, a lot of practice, and a lot of anatomy and teaching methods. I try to be as experiential as I can - with guest teachers coming in to show the many diverse practices of yoga, and bite sizes pieces of all the lifestyle elements, so the trainees can deepen into their knowledge in a graceful way. So following the chakras works perfectly. In weekend 1 - we explore the root chakra, and we ground. We build a strong, safe foundation for the whole training experience, for themselves as teachers, and as a community. We wear red, carry red stones in our pockets, and eat all the red foods available - organic strawberries, raspberries, apples, grapefruit, pomegranates, cherries. Red pears, red peppers, red carrots, red hummus, red jams, red nuts and proteins. We study mudras (hand gestures) and the first limb of yoga - non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, non-lusting, non-greed. We learn to stand, and to stay. We learn 10 fundamental yoga poses, and practice teaching them right away. On Saturday morning, we experienced a grounding Kundalini set with our guest teacher, Ceci Zuniga. Everyone was solid and mellow the rest of the day. And I give them lots of stuff - notebooks and binders and piles of handouts. Everyone leaves knowing they made the right decision, and every weekend after this one benefits.