Yoga Teacher Training

July 24, 2017 in About Me

There aren’t really words I can use to explain this past month.

Going into YTT I didn’t expect a whole lot- just thought I’d be doing some yoga and learning enough to teach a class.

But a month later, I feel a whole new sense of myself awakened.

It wasn’t just yoga, and it wasn’t a relaxing yoga retreat by the mountains. It was intense. The schedule was long, getting up at 5:30 am was tough, and I truly had to learn how to ride the waves. There were days where all I did was laugh, and there were days where I was overcome with so much emotion. Looking at old scars and re-reading their stories wasn’t easy. I’m all about feeling your feelings, but it’s hard for me to feel those feelings in public: more specifically cry. Yet I found myself crying on my mat twice and taking off my armor that I sometimes grip so heavily onto. I was vulnerable and real: and so were the other 43 humans in my training.

I can’t fully explain the amount of joy that this past month brought me. A feeling of accomplishment, new incredible connections formed with amazing souls, and a deeper love for yoga and meditation. Just wow. There were times in the training where I was like, “wtf what am I doing… is this even worth it?” There were times where I felt like throwing in the towel, or when shavasana truly put me to sleep and I didn’t feel like getting up.

YTT isn’t a walk throw the prairie. It’s some damn hard work. Having one day off a week and going non-stop was an adjustment. But man was I learning about the coolest things. And teaching yoga just brings so much light into my life. Being able to lead other humans through a practice I love is so cool- and I pray to be able to continue teaching others.

The people I met were amazing. Always making me laugh and bringing good energy into my soul. Laughter was essential this past month. So I’m thankful for friends who farted in yoga to keep me chuckling.

Time with nature was essential too. Living right by the mountains was unreal. I would love being so close to all the hiking spots. Adventuring into the woods was such an escape for me. Nature walks and hiking make me feel a part of something greater than myself.

Participating in a 28 hour day of silence taught me a whole lot too. Not using my phone, not engaging in conversations with others, no texting… it was eye opening. It was so hard for me to just sit and be at first. But practice makes progress and this was a very valuable experience.

YTT was hands-down one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in this 20 years thus far. Learning about yoga, living the yoga, and witnessing my two instructors live the yoga and live wholeheartedly was so inspiring. This past month is one I’ll cherish forever. My sanga- community- is one that has left an imprint on my heart. Do the things that scare you, do the things that awaken your soul. I was scared taking off for a month and doing this training, but my god am I so glad I did. I love adventures, I don’t like staying put… and this little adventure was a true testament to that. I know I’ll have more adventures and more time to expand my knowledge and growth, but for now: YTT has truly done that for me.

 

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Thank you for your patience with my lack of blogging this past month. I’ll be back doing it from now on and I’m excited to be writing and connecting with you all!

So much love for you humans on the internet.

Xoxo

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16 Comments

  • Reply Emily July 24, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    28 hours of silence sounds hard but oh so good. It makes me think of the Lord Jesus Christ going out to spend time in communion and prayer with our Heavenly Father. It makes me want to embrace silence more in a world that constantly promotes noise.
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    • Reply Alyssa July 30, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      <3 silence is something that should be embraced more

  • Reply Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar July 24, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    This is so interesting to me to read about, Lyss. This does sound like a really intense experience. And yeah, the 28 hours of silence thing sounds very intense too. I know you’re going to be an amazing yoga teacher and bring all that you’ve learned to your students. <3
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    • Reply Alyssa July 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      thank you so so much Joyce, that means a lot to me!

  • Reply Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves July 25, 2017 at 1:14 am

    Ahhh Lyss this is wonderful. It sounds like you had a beautiful and life changing experience at YTT. Silence is something so rare these days, but man is it incredible.
    I need to take a class from you one of these days 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa July 30, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      it was life changing oh my gosh. and YES I WANT TO TEACH YOU!

  • Reply Stephanie July 25, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I can not say how proud I am of you. When I dropped you off I could feel your nervousness! So i myself was very apprehensive! But once again my warrior pulled through with shining colors, literally you are a shining star! So as much as I love humility towards myself and others I must put that aside and say you are amazing! I took a class taught by you and I am amazed how well you are able to teach! Keep on reaching for the stars!

    • Reply Alyssa July 30, 2017 at 11:48 pm

      awwww I love you I will keep dreaming big mama

  • Reply Heather @ Polyglot Jot July 25, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Congratulations!! What an amazing experience! I hope to go for my group exercise cert in the near future. Welcome back to the blogging world…I’m just returning too! 🙂
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    • Reply Alyssa July 30, 2017 at 11:49 pm

      aw yes go for it girl !! I could so see you getting certified

  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law July 27, 2017 at 11:12 am

    What an incredible experience – and what a great opportunity to meet and make friends with awesome humans!
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  • Reply Marina @ Happy Healing July 27, 2017 at 3:24 pm

    Wow, congrats! I’ve been wanting to go through yoga teacher training, but haven’t done yet it. Maybe when my broken foot is healed 🙂

    Love your blog – glad I found it! Have a great Thursday.

    • Reply Alyssa July 30, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      oh yes totes do it !!

  • Reply Melanie July 29, 2017 at 10:25 am

    What an accomplishment! Congrats Alyssa. It sounds like such a life-changing and rewarding experience. So glad you had a great time!! Welcome back. 🙂

    • Reply Alyssa July 30, 2017 at 11:57 pm

      it was so incredible !!

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