I started my 500-hr training in September via conference calls with all the women I will soon meet. At the end of February 2015, I will be going to Bali for 26 days to complete the intensive training. I am seeking to expand my knowledge and understanding of myself and the world around me. In return, I will be better able to serve those I come in contact with, both on and off the yoga mat.
In 2011, I recieved my 200 hour yoga teaching certification from Kripalu, in Massachusetts. Since then, I have been teaching at various locations her in CT. I have toyed with the idea of going for my 500 hour certification for some time now, but it always seemed to get placed on the back burner. Then one day, I happened to see a posting from Jovinna Chan on her Facebook page: It was a poster advertising a 500 hour training for women only that was to take place in 2015. I decided to have a go at it and applied, not sure what would happen after that. After a phone interview, I learned I was accepted. I was able to get a 5 week leave of absence from work, and in September, I began my training. This program seemed to find me , other than the other way around. I knew it was meant to be.
The program is in its second year, and it will be led by Jovinna Chan and Grace Jull, two beautiful women who led me in my 200 hour training. Even though the program is open to teachers of any tradition, it so happened that all the students this year are Kripalu certified. We come from all over the globe including the US, Japan and Australia. This program is unique not only because it takes place in Bali, but also because it is a women's only program with a focus on leadership. Included in the training is education on the chakra systems, pranayama (breathing techniques), various meditation practices, asana (postures), and anatomy and physiology. The curriculum includes experiential learning, meditation-in-motion, silent retreat, as well as lots of open discussions with peers. There is a stong focus on forming a community of sisterhood and learning and growing from one another.
I began the weekly conference calls with the group in September, have read four of the assigned books and have completed online assignments and written papers. I still have a few projects that I need to complete before I leave at the end of February. I have employed the things I have learned in my teaching, and feel that I, and my students, are already benefitting from my training. I am both excited and nervous to be partaking in such a wonderful learning opportunity. I feel so blessed and fortunate that everything has fallen into place so nicely to allow this trip to happen. I am thankful that my boss, Diane Griffin, has allowed me this time off to pursue my certification. I am grateful for the loving support from my family: my parents, my siblings, my daughter, Calah, and my boyfriend, Eric. Without their reassurance and support, I'm not sure I would be so brave as to travel across the world to take on such an endeavor.
And now for the equally important, yet no-so-exciting, details of my trip:
Dates: February 27th-March 24th, 2015
Books and materials: $65
Travel insurance: $50
Application fee: $50
Total Cost: $5660
In addition, I will be carrying the cost of my medical insurance and will have 4 weeks without pay from work.
I chose to use dana.io as my crowdfund site (https://dana.io/page/how-it-works) since it's a "mindful crowfunding" organization. Unlike other sites that charge a certain percentage of donations, dana.io, allows the campaign manager to decide on the amount to give back. In my case, I've chosen 3%. This money goes directly back into the site to allow the site to run for others who need to fund their projects and adventures. This giving-back philosophy is more in line with my yogic principles than most of the other sites that I researched. They also allow you to keep all the funds raised, even if the total goal is not met, which is much kinder than other sites in which you must reach your established goal in order to use the funds.
I invite loving support from all of you, in whatever way feels kind. I welcome positive thoughts, vibrations, and/or prayers for the completion of my certification and for a safe journey to and from Bali. If you are able, I invite you to contribute monetarily. Any amount, large or small is greatly appreciated.
Much love and appreciation,