A Teacher Training Journey: Kelly Schulze

IMG_0094Entering Yoga Teacher Training at 41 years of age was a bit intimidating. I remember asking if I had to be “super bendy,” and wondering if I should know my spiritual union to be a Yoga Teacher. I interviewed several yoga schools, making a chart of the benefits and challenges of each, and I tried to take as many classes at each location as I could before I made a commitment. I was taking time away from my family—I have a husband of 19 years and 2 kids—plus diverting money towards something specifically for me and not the entire family.   June of 2016, I chose Yoga On High Teacher Training Institute and committed.

I chose YOHI Teacher Training Program because it was the only program that offered a diverse group of mentors who shared the teaching and each shared their own styles and interests. Following the Yoga trail for over 20 years, I knew there were lots of theories and that each student had their own experience. I wanted to meet as many teachers as I could and learn from them, to know how they guided these experiences. This program delivered that ten-fold! Also, for the entire year, I also chose to dedicate my practice to my family. Each time I stepped onto my mat to practice or into the studio for class, I started with remembering those who were supporting me at home.

Diversity was not just limited to the mentors; it included our family of student teachers, all of whom had amazing backgrounds and paths that all lead to YOHI. Each of us came to our mats every week, open and ready to learn not just from the mentor teachers, but from each other as well. We were lawyers, college students, artists, teachers, stay at home moms, and that is just the outward titles we used, we grew to know some of the deeper differences and see how yoga has truly transformed lives. Meeting each week allowed us to see each other consistently, building friendships that we are still nurturing after graduation.

Introduction weekend was a whirlwind! History, Philosophy, Terminology, Sanskrit, and hints about anatomy quizzes left me in a tailspin. Stopping that tailspin was the amazing staff, who were constantly observing us (not judging, but watching) for signs of overload. A break would be given, or an instructor would infuse humor, and before I knew it the weekend was over and I was left INVIGORATED!

Be open to the entire experience. Each class left me personally with something to work on in my own life. So, if nothing else, take a breath and soak in all that you can to deepen not just your practice, but who you are in this world.

Kelly Head ShotKelly was introduced to yoga her Freshman year at Ohio State with a Rodney Yee VHS tape. Twenty-two years later her yoga journey continues having earned her 200 Hour Teaching Certification from Yoga on High Teaching Training  Institute. Fifteen years of teaching high school students gives Kelly a presence that calms even the most nervous new student and, yet allows long time practitioners to know that she is there to guide each of them in their journey. Having a son with Autism has grown a passion for working with kids and teenagers that Kelly didn’t know she possessed. She enjoys working with kids of all ages, 8 to 99 years old!

Our next 200 Hour Teacher Training program begins September 22nd.  For more information, join us at our upcoming Free Info Session Sunday, August 27th from 11:45a to 12:30p with Michele Vinbury at Yoga on High. To apply or for questions, contact Breanna at applications@yogaonhigh.com

Watch Yoga on High Teacher Training video here.

 

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