How I’m Preparing For Yoga Teacher Training

Happy Monday, friends!

I had quite the different week and weekend than I originally expected or hoped for. I ended up back at the doctor’s office when I really was still feeling under the weather, only to find out that I had mono. Needless to say, the weekend meant a lot of laying down on the couch, extra sleep, and a whole lot of Netflix. While that may sound nice, I quickly hit the anxious just-want-to-move and stop sleeping point. I do feel like I’m making a little progress every single day, but there will still be a lot of The Great British Baking Show for the next week or so.

Anyway, with Yoga Teacher Training coming up in a week and a half (YAYYYY!!), I thought it would be fun to talk about how I’m preparing for yoga teacher training (outside of trying to recover from mono).

Order books

We were sent a list of required books and a few optional books. Truthfully, I want them ALL but decided to only order 1 book from the “optional” list and toss the others on a wish list for later. These are the three books that I’ve ordered:

Teaching Yoga: Essential Foundations and Techniques by Mark Stephens

Yamas and Niyamas: Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice by Deborah Adele

Anatomy and Yoga: A Guide for Teachers and Students by Ellen Saltonstall

Prepare for my at-home practice

I’m not great about practicing at home but I know with YTT right around the corner, it’s time to make sure my apartment is set up for practicing at home. While all you really need for yoga is a mat, I’ve added a few additions to the items that I already have that I believe will come in handy for now and forever. Here’s what I’ve ensured I have on hand and ordered what I didn’t:



Food prep

Aside from my usual weekly meal prep, I’ve been trying to plan ahead a bit more so if things get busy, I have extra meals prepped in the freezer that I can easily cook up. For me, this has meant making sure I have frozen veggies, my favorite frozen fish burgers for a quick dinner, frozen soup in single servings, and a loaf of gluten free bread, just in case.

Organize my schedule

The holiday season will approach quickly and while that’s always busy, this year aside from YTT also happening, I am in a wedding and attending another with the boy. This means I need to have a really good handle on my schedule, so I’ve broken out my planner multiple times and am making sure to keep it up to date at all times.

I also had a few paid holidays I needed to take from my full time job before the end of the year or I would lose them, so I actually planned them accordingly and gave myself a day off after a particularly busy weekend which I know I will greatly appreciate when the time comes. As the saying goes, “preparation is the key to success.”

Any Netflix recommendations for me while I recover?

If you’ve taken YTT, how did you prepare?

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30 thoughts on “How I’m Preparing For Yoga Teacher Training”

    1. I totally get it! With that said, I also refused to ask too many questions before signing up because I was afraid if I got ALL the details before making that financial commitment, I would allow my fear to take over and wouldn’t follow through.

  1. I don’t know why I find yoga so intimidating! It feels great as long as Im doing anything on my belly, and I love the stretch. But maybe its just hard to do at home alone? I don’t know. I do know I am excited for you and your teacher training! Way to go!

    1. I started at home alone because I was intimidated by the studio, but I think going into a studio is so empowering! Plus, you have teachers to help you really understand the poses, push you deeper into them, or help with that alignment!

  2. I’m sorry to hear about the mono! I hope you’re on the mend soon! I hope the training prep for yoga goes well though, sounds like you are well on your way!

  3. Oh no!!! I’m so sorry to hear that you have mono!! Hope you are taking good care of yourself, and while I know recovering is no fun, sometimes it’s what our bodies need most. You have a busy few weeks ahead of you…best of luck with yoga teacher training!! Those books sound awesome 🙂

  4. Food prep is my happy place! We even do a lot of our overnight oats prep on Sunday and just add almond milk and banana the night before!

  5. Hope you’re feeling better soon!

    Also, good luck with the training! I just started my health coaching training myself and it feels truly awesome to have learning be central in my routine again. I hope you’ll feel the same 🙂

    1. I totally get it, that feeling of learning something new is so empowering! I think we all need to make sure we are regularly adding it to our lives!

  6. So cool that you will be training to teach yoga. It sounds like you’re really prepared! So sorry to hear about Mono. No fun! I hope you are fully recovered by the time you start your training. Can’t wait to follow your journey.

  7. sounds like you’ve got this under control! Good luck with your training–I love yoga so it’s awesome to see someone following a dream of becoming certified!

  8. Oh no, I hope you feel better soon. That’s great you’re getting on top of things – and using your paid days off before you lose them! It’s crazy that people just let those fall to the wayside; I’d use what I had for sure. LOL

    Good luck with your yoga teacher training. I took my first ever yoga class yesterday and boy am I sore today! LOL

    -lauren

    1. Thanks, friend! Maybe you’ll be even more inspired to do it after I share some of my experience! This is 8+ years in the making!

  9. Oh, dear. I hope you’re feeling better soon. I wish I could get into yoga – part of the challenge for me is that I need to work out first thing at before-the-crack-of-dawn, or it doesn’t happen. And since there aren’t yoga classes at oh-dark-thirty… I can’t wait to hear about your experience, though. Learning about something for which you have a passion is so, so different from learning about something you need to do, a box you need to check. 🙂

    1. I’m a total morning workout person too! My studio has 6am classes and their second location has 5:30 classes. Maybe another studio near you has them then too?

      1. I’m sure they do – but I’m actually on the bus at 6:30 so… yeah, even a 5:30 class is cutting it close. But! I work on a college campus, and one thing I am going to look into next semester is what is open when. There may be classes offered at different times of the day – and I have access to showers at work, and a flexible schedule, so that might work! I need to take my cue from you and be more mindful about how I exercise, and fit it into my life. Not to mention, prioritizing sleep right now would probably be a good thing. 😉

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