That’s the words I use to describe the nine day Advanced Teacher Training I attended last week in Boston’s Back Bay Yoga Studio (www.backbayyoga.com). It was an amazing experience and one that I would like to do yearly (but not right away – I need to process this past week –whew!).
We started daily at 7 AM sharp with chanting and meditation led by Jonathan Bowra. We started an almost four hour yoga class with Ana Forrest immediately after. A lot of partner work helped us learn adjustments.
After a two hour break, we came back for a four hours in the afternoon to do some soul-searching, teaching with critiques from Ana and Jonathan and our peers, more adjustments, and seeing and injuring circle – where we try to correct an injury or posture issue with a yoga pose. We also did a few private classes on each other.
The group was mostly experienced yoga instructors, the majority being Forrest trained. There were a lot of talented teachers and it was great to be working with such a dynamic group.
The morning classes were incredible – we did a lot of gravity surfing (flowing from one arm balance to another) and a lot of inversions. I was looking at Ana’s demo video recently and we attempted at least some variation of what Ana does in the video. I think I built a whole layer of strength in my body.
I tried a lot of the new adjustments with my students this week and they loved it! Ana and Jonathan also gave me useful comments on my teaching. One time when I was doing a private yoga class with one of the other participants, I told her to activate her feet and I turned away. Ana was right behind me and say “Chris, what did you just tell her?”. I look at my student’s feet and they were not activated! Ana and Jonathan always tell us when you ask or make a change in a posture, wait to look that it was done.