The second weekend of study for the advanced yoga teacher certification I am pursuing is coming up. I am excited about it, as I was about the first weekend. I found that I was really disappointed after the weekend last time. But as I have digested the experience and I have done the assigned homework, I have benefited a great deal from having attended.
I wonder about prolonged study. When I went through university at UGA and got my degree in English Literature, I remember thinking it was a formal system to study something over a long period of time and get a piece of paper that says that I did. I learned many things along the way; but what was I supposed to learn? Did it relate to what I wound up learning?
I find myself wondering these same things as I pursue this study of yoga. Am I getting the point? Am I growing as a yoga teacher?
In some ways, I think formal education is a way to take money from people and give them some letters behind their names. In other ways, I see the value of it. I think it is what we make of it. If I really show up and learn about yoga, I will grow as a yoga teacher. But if I just pay the money and go to class, I will just be certified. I guess it is my effort that makes the difference.