After another soothing session of yoga therapy training, the effects of my body’s relaxation started to manifest as I found myself sinking deeper into myself.
For the aspiring yoga therapist, it’s a great place to start their career. After a nearly twenty-five-year absence, my dear friend Maria sent me the email with the subject line “I am looking for a Yoga Teacher Training in Chicago. ” Since she is a bit nostalgic (Maria was a student of mine in the late eighties) I thought I might share with her how she became a Yoga teacher in Chicago and how it has enriched her life. Yoga and its beauty had started to SMELL her. After more than a decade of teaching and doing yoga practice, she began her intense, two-year intensive training as a certified Yoga teacher in Chicago.
I had the privilege of being a student of her for that first year. We spent time in Rockford, Illinois visiting my sister-in-law’s cottage, which was nearby her cottage. During one of our walks in the woods, we discovered a small stream flowing in a wooded area not far from their walking trail. Maria asked me if I minded cleaning up a spot for them to walk and relax in.
I eagerly agreed and went ahead, while she got ready to teach her first class on therapeutic yoga therapy. As we walked, I could not help but notice the beautiful scenery surrounding us. The leaves of the trees had changed colors from green to a beautiful golden yellow, while the grass underneath was completely green and healthy. The sun had started to dip into a large puddle on the left, while on the right hand side there were a birdbath and a fountain. All of these factors combined to provide a very auspicious setting for her first yoga therapy training experience. We spent some quality time just walking along the path of the Nature Trail, which were lined with beautiful maple trees, blooming flowers and several different species of birds.
It was at this point that I noticed a small pond sitting beside the path that was filled with several perfectly white and clean ducks. The pond was surrounded by a very nice and neat set of stone steps leading down to it from a wooden bridge that matched the color of the surrounding natural environment beautifully. It was at this point that I decided to ask Maria if she minded if we could have permission to practice our healing art on the ducks in the pond as we walked. As we approached the water, Maria suddenly stood rather shyly in the center of the pond and asked if we may sit at the edge and enjoy the ducks that were bathing there.
After she got my nod of approval, we scooped some duck eggs out of the water and sat down on the stones surrounding the pond to enjoy the beauty of our surroundings and to begin our first day of yoga therapy training. As we gently walked along the stones, I could feel my energy starting to rise and become increasingly peaceful. I also felt my chakras beginning to increase in clarity and my chakras eventually replaced all my previous negative feelings. A few minutes later I began to feel the effects of my body’s energy beginning to relax.
After another soothing session of yoga therapy training, the effects of my body’s relaxation started to manifest as I found myself sinking deeper into myself. When the session ends I could feel a heavy heaviness being lifted from my shoulders. After the session ended I could feel the tension in my neck had completely vanished. What do you have to lose? Take a few minutes to consider what you may gain by enrolling in a part course today. Candidates with a strong desire to help others achieve wellness will be pleased with this exciting career choice.