September 1 | The Practice |
Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Six attracts people from all walks of life, from aspiring teachers and long time practitioners to 9-5 office employees, students, and stay-at-home moms. Darcy Cantrell -- a classically trained musician, writer, and mom -- practiced at Yoga Six at least once a day for years before taking the plunge into Yoga Teacher Training in San Diego. Now, she teaches almost every day in our San Diego studios. Today, she reflects on her experience and shares how the program transformed her life.
Why did you decide to enroll in Yoga Six’s Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) program?
I decided to enroll in YTT because I had been practicing at least once a day at Yoga Six for several years, and it was rapidly becoming my passion, my addiction, and an integral part of my slightly teetering sanity. One day Zac Armstrong, who manages the Carlsbad studio, suggested that I sign up for teacher training. Little did he know that it had been a secret dream of mine to teach yoga. I took it as a sign that he thought I could benefit from it, maybe even be good at it, and immediately enrolled. It just seemed like the exact right thing to do at the exact right moment. Yoga had become my life, and it only made sense to have my life become yoga. I didn't have a job at the time since I took a couple of years to stay home with Zoe, and I was searching rather fruitlessly for a sense of direction, purpose, and fulfillment, when teacher training fell in my lap. In retrospect it makes perfect sense.
"Yoga Teacher Training intertwined yogic philosophies and practices with the deepest needs of my heart and soul."
What could you learn on a typical day in YTT?
There are many things we could be learning about- the history and philosophy of yoga, Sanskrit terminology, yogic practices to enhance the spiritual journey, forms of energy management and conscious communication to create a safe space for students, breath work, meditation, anatomy, asana postures... anything and everything in between. Some days are extra special. One day is dedicated solely to anatomy. One day is meditation day, where we try out all kinds of different ways to meditate. One late night is called the "night of transformation"- and let's just say it is very intense. The program is structured to make the teacher in training really look inward and make big personal shifts. It's very beautiful and vulnerable and transformational.
What was your favorite part of your YTT experience?
My favorite part of YTT was how the learnings were driven within. It wasn't just book knowledge that comes in one ear and out the other- as has been the case with most of my other experiences in academia. The material was very relevant, even though yoga originates from a time and place so far away- it was woven into our own personal lives and thoughts and emotions and processes, and intertwined the yogic philosophies and practices with the deepest needs of my heart and soul.
Up until YTT, I had debilitating performance anxiety that interfered with my progress as a musician... Through YTT I found my voice, my inner wisdom, my beauty, my strength and the unique gifts I have to share with the world.
How have you grown -- in mind, body, and life -- after completing YTT?
Nothing has created more growth for me, in mind, heart, and external life, than YTT. I have methods to handle life now that I will carry with me and utilize forever. I have a couple of friends that I bonded deeply with from YTT. I teach yoga almost every day of the week now, and I wake up every day feeling excited and blessed to do so. I no longer have performance anxiety, and I look forward to helping people and connecting to people through yoga. I have a profound sense of fulfillment and belonging. And sharing my personal passion with other yogis brings out the best in me. Up until YTT, I had debilitating performance anxiety that interfered with my progress as a musician. Through YTT I found my voice, my inner wisdom, my beauty, my strength, and the unique gifts that I have to share with the world. It has given me methods of coping with previously debilitating and isolating insecurities and negative perceptions of self, and helped me to see not just a light at the end of the tunnel, but also that I am not alone, and that it is our areas of sincerest vulnerabilities that drive us toward connection and love.