Change & Growth: Yoga Teacher Training 2021

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Spring is in the air, and it seems to be taking root in our hearts as we start to slowly emerge from the limiting conditions of the last year. When our world was upended last March, we retreated into our homes to protect ourselves and our loved ones from the harshness of a pandemic-stricken world. Much like a bear retreating to the seclusion of its cave to sleep through the dark night of winter, we drew inward and waited. And waited. And waited.

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All of that waiting has become, for many of us, a habit, and now that the first buds of spring have arrived for us in the form of a vaccine and falling infection rates, it seems like we should all come running out of our caves to dance in the sunshine. Taking that first step outside is tough, though. After all the false starts, the quick changes, the backtracking, it might feel a bit premature to begin making plans for a future about which we are still very uncertain. Many questions repeat in our minds …  
Will my employment be secure?
Will my family be safe?
Will I ever be able to hug my friends again?
Is the vaccine safe?
Are we going back to shelter-in-place orders?
… and the truth is, we cannot answer any of those questions with certainty. Though that sounds a bit ominous, if we take a moment to consider before we react, we discover that those questions are ever-present. We are always faced with the unknown of the future; our global circumstances just highlighted the fact.
Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions. 
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
How do we live the questions? We do it by making choices that give us the opportunity to have an experience of being alive. For some of us, that means adapting to a new way of shopping or dining. It means changing how we work at our jobs or how we are employed for some of us. For some of us, it means letting go of how things used to be. It means accepting that there are many things that we will likely never know for all of us.
This is not an easy task, but it is a worthy one to pursue. Not only does it liberate us from the frustrating search for unknowable answers, but it also brings us right back into the present moment, where life happens.

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In the Teacher Training Department at Pilgrimage Yoga, we understand the value of yoga in uncertain times as we have seen first hand the impact yoga continues to make in people’s lives, so we are embracing spring and its promise of change and growth. We are making plans and establishing new routines that are grounded in serving our community in every way possible. This means that we are tuning up our program to bring yoga and its unifying message to as many people as we can – be they future teachers or simply committed yogis.
The only time we have is now, so give yourself permission to thaw the freeze that has held you in place for the last year and begin living again.
Are you interested in Yoga Teacher Training? For information on training to become a yoga teacher, contact Lauren at yttadmin@pilgrimageyoga.com.

About the Author, Lauren McLaren:

Yoga found me in 1998, and it is certainly responsible for transforming my life from an unexamined existence into a deeply felt experience. The physical practice has its rewards, and I found relief from chronic back pain on my mat. What amazed me and continues to amaze me is the subtlety of yoga’s power.

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