I Have Climbed A Metaphorical Mountain

I did climb a mountain this summer, and I’ll probably talk about that in another post, but the title of this post is referring to a metaphorical mountain. Last week I completed my 300 hour yoga teacher certification with Noah Mazé. I want to say that it was a life changing experience, but even as I type this out, it seems like an understatement. I’m trying to put this into some perspective, I’m thinking that the mountain metaphor refers to this entire year.

Noah Maze 300 Certification - My metaphorical mountain

Yoga teacher training hours are always combined. Since I already completed a 200 hour yoga teacher training at Core Power, the addition of this new certification makes me a 500 hour yoga teacher.

300 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Every other month over the past year, I’ve traveled to Hollywood, California to practice yoga with my teacher Noah Mazé. All together, it took 6 weeks of teacher training modules to complete. That’s a lot of time to spend doing anything within one year! It’s been an experience that has left me changed. By the time the 6th and final module arrived, I had attained all of the skills that I was hoping to gain from this training, but even better, I developed some of the best friendships that I’ve had the honor of in all of my adult life.

As I proof read this, the previous paragraph makes my eyes water at the thought of how much I care about these people, and that we’re now transitioning to “whatever comes next.”

Those of us in the training came from everywhere: California, Oregon, Idaho, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Florida, Bermuda, Peru, Britain, and even Germany. I probably left a couple of places out. There were roughly 30 of us. A few dropped out over the year, but a few also joined, or came to complete what they didn’t finish from the previous year.

Amazingly, in a group that size, there was no infighting, or cliques formed. Everyone was supportive of everyone, and genuinely cared about each other’s well-being. It was an astounding experience to be among such talented and caring people. It was paradoxically a place to be vulnerable, as well as a place to find true inner strength. Oh, and I developed some mad yoga teaching skillz yo!

Here’s a gallery of pictures that can tell the rest of this part of my story. If you click on them, they get bigger. If you’re reading this and have questions about the actual training itself, then let’s continue that conversation in the comments section below.

The Metaphorical Mountain

When I started this yoga teacher training, I didn’t realize just how big of a commitment it would be to travel to LA for six weeks within one year. I’m really fortunate that running my own fitness studio has provided me the freedom to partake in this adventure. I’ve got a good system in place, and great teachers and instructors to step in while I’m away.

The days in LA were intense and long, and included lots of practice teaching different poses and methodologies, anatomy and physiology, philosophy and ethics, and just diving into the depth of knowledge provided by Noah, his team of apprentices, and the contributions of my fellow students – all accomplished in their own rights.

Our group was a mixed level of teaching experience, and ranged from zero hours of teaching to over ten thousand hours of teaching. There were no over-sized egos, and regardless of experience or skill level, we were all there to learn from a master, and from each other.

Everyone who completed the program developed real growth in their abilities. It sure is something to look back at it all… To look back across the metaphorical valley floor, and the face of the slope that I’ve just traversed, I can witness the change that has occurred through the process. I am a much more skillful teacher than I was before. I have many more friends than I did before. I have a revered teacher with integrity to match his skills. I have memories to last a lifetime.

As climbing a mountain is comprised of many steps, the journey through this year has been comprised of many moments. Honestly, it is these many moments each to their own that are the most endearing to me: the moments of laughter, joy, and learning, the moments of challenge, and perseverance.

As I look back across this year, the best moments are those little snippets of time that I spent with each of these individuals, and those shared memories that we’ll have forever. A million thank yous to all of them!

The Next Mountain

How do you follow a year like that? You put that experience to use! As always, I have a lot of things planned for the next year.

  • This coming February marks the end of my famous 5-Year Plan. It’s time for me to make a new one!
  • I plan to have several out of state yoga workshops, which will be a first for me. I will continue to grow as a yoga teacher.
  • JohnnyFit Online is now in BETA testing. I will bring my bootcamp program to the world in an online format, as well as have a platform to share my other disciplines online.
  • With the November release of JohnnyFit Online, I will have a renewed focus for this blog. Expect a lot more training related content.
  • The Portland studio is still chugging away. I’ll have many classes to teach over the next year.

If you’ve made it this far, thanks for sharing in my fitness journey – my life! Thank you for caring about your own health and fitness. The mind follows where the body leads. Take care of yourself, so that you can take care of those around you. Make the world a better place!


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