I started a yoga teacher training program this September to become a 200 hour Registered Yoga Instructor. One weekend a month, I travel back to Northfield to spend about 25 hours with a group of fellow yogis to study anatomy, yoga ethics, yoga as a business, yoga postures, meditation, breathing exercises, and so much more. Through this journey, my yoga practice has become more of a lifestyle than something I do as a hobby - the things we discuss on our mat translates into my daily lives, and ultimately I feel much more content and present as a result.
I am so glad to have the opportunity to be able to keep learning outside of my education at Luther - I'm grateful to be able to travel back and forth between home and campus so easily, and that my yoga studies are complemented so well with some of the work I do with my dance minor. I also love how supportive everyone has been with the fact that I'm doing additional couse work - reading, writing, studying, practicing - outside of the credit hours I'm taking at Luther. It's a really unique opportunity, and I'm excited to be able to share my yoga journey with others as I begin teaching yoga classes in Decorah next fall.
That being said, getting off campus once a month has been both a blessing and a source of stress for me. As much as I love Luther, I definitely appreciate getting off campus, so having scheduled away time always is a nice change of pace. However, being off campus also leads to me feeling like I am missing a lot of what's going on with my friends. Although it's only once a month, it feels like I'm always going to teacher training - my friends often say, "Already?! Weren't you just there?" and that's exactly what it feels like. The more I leave campus, the more grateful I am that Luther isn't a school where everyone leaves on the weekends. There is so much life on campus outside of the classroom, and I'm excited for next year to have more opportunities to share in this fun.