If you told me just three months ago that in 19 days I’d be starting Yoga Sculpt teacher training I’d tell you that you were off your rocker. There’s absolutely no way. You’re crazy.
But I am.
For those who’ve never heard of Yoga Sculpt before, it’s heated power yoga with weights and it’s just as intense as it sounds. Each class includes strength-training exercises such as squats, lunges, bicep and tricep curls while you’re in yoga poses (such as Warrior II or Chair) as well as cardio, plyometrics, and lots of other components I’ll learn about very soon.
You want to know the truth? I can hardly make it through a single Sculpt class without stopping to catch my breath. At least once per class (and frequently more often than that) I have to put down the weights and do the exercises without them.
It’s humbling and challenging and sometimes the most difficult thing I do in a day and that’s exactly why I want to teach it.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned in the past few years it’s that change and growth happen when I challenge myself. Like so many other humans I’m a creature of habit and feel most comfortable when I’m doing things I know I’m good at. But true joy, true reward, and true balance, I’ve learned, come from those experiences where I step outside my comfort zone, try something new, push myself, and make mistakes. (Nowhere is this more evident in my every day life than when I cook.) I also experience all of these things in every single Sculpt class. Even when it feels like I’m the only one gasping for air or moving without weights in a class packed with 30 other sweaty bodies I never feel defeated. Because for the first time in my life I truly feel like the only person I’m competing against is myself.
I’ve also learned there’s something so deeply rewarding about noticing real, tangible progress in some aspect of your life. For me, Sculpt isn’t about sculpting a certain kind of body. It’s about becoming stronger physically, cardiovascularly (is that a word?), and mentally. I may not notice a change every time I step on my mat. If there’s anything I’ve learned from yoga (without weights) it’s that every day is different and some days I may feel stronger or weaker than others. But over time, with practice, patience, and focus, change will happen inside and out.
Of course, I could continue being solely a Sculpt student, but I love teaching yoga so much and I can’t wait to learn more about this puzzling practice and share the yoga love. I also want to help students see the bigger picture like I have: it’s not about the immediate physical changes. It’s about the long-term rewards that come from dedication, progress, and lots of sweaty fun along the way.