So the day finally came – Saturday 24th March – the day, that after three months of intensive learning and practice, I would be doing my yoga teaching assessment at One KX in London!
I am no stranger to teaching. I qualified as a secondary school teacher in English and Drama and I taught for a couple of years before escaping to the bright lights of the London publishing world in the mid 80’s. Since then I’ve dipped in and out of teaching at a variety of places and across a range of subject areas – including event management, photography, IT and website management – the latter I still deliver to many of my marketing clients.
In spite of all these years of teaching experience I have to admit that I started to feel very trepidatious as the day of my yoga teacher assessment loomed. Of course there was no need for this, as the excellent YMCA course prepared all of us very well. From day one we were teaching each other – practicing, refining and learning the very best way – by doing!
We also had to produce an eye watering amount of lesson plans for the practical assessment. This was extremely good practice as it involved in depth planning and refining covering preparation, progression and modification across all of our chosen asanas. I have never drawn so many stick figures!
For the assessment all students in my course group had to teach a yoga class made up of our own volunteers – and each student had to bring at least two. So it was time to round up a few chums from the village for what also turned out to be a fantastic weekend away in London! As I had to check in with the assessors bright and early on the Saturday I decided to travel down the afternoon before as I dare not risk any early morning train problems that would make me late. So there I was, the night before the assessment day holed up in a travel lodge checking and double checking everything and scribbling in my yoga journal. I would like to say I slept well but my little single bed was rather austere and I had countless weird dreams about oversleeping, finding myself in the wrong place at the wrong time and even being drug tested before the assessment!
Luckily none of this turned out to be true and I arrived very bright and early at One KX the next morning to find that I would be one of the first students to do my assessment. My Norfolk chums all arrived on time too, so by 10 o’ clock I was on the mat giving my class. It all seems rather a blur now and everything ran to plan- apart from a little hiccup with my right and left when mirroring the students in Half Lord of the Fishes pose – but I did remember to tell them the lovely yoga story from which the pose gets it name!
Once I was done my friends left to check into our much more up market hotel for the night at the Crown Plaza – leaving me to chat with and help my fellow students with their practicals. Then at 3 it was time for my viva – time spent with the assessor looking through all my plans and yoga journal and to answer any questions that she might have. And with that it was all over and the news from the assessor that I had passed! It was a brilliant feeling!
When I started this course four months ago my inner citric was chatting away telling me I was too old, too fat, not bendy enough and generally not good enough to embark upon this path but I had shown her what for! I was on cloud 9 as I walked to the Crown Plaza to meet up with my friends and feeling proud and accomplished! We celebrated in style first at the hotel with a swim and a spa then it was off into the bright lights of London for food and drinks that night and then more fun and shopping at Camden market the next day!
A big thanks to everyone who has supported me on this journey and to all my fellow students and my inspirational tutors Annie and Smita, from whom I’ve learned so much. And of course to my lovely guinea pig London students Sue, Sarah and Tracey and those who came to my Carbrooke sessions – Claire, Helen, Amy, Josie, Tanya, Hannah, Heidi and Heather.