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I said this in yesterday’s post but THANK YOU for your support and encouragement regarding my decision. I am glad that I shared my struggle on the blog because once the responses started rolling in, it was clear to me which path to take. The outside perspective was the push I needed to follow my heart.

“My answers to big decisions are made clear to me in the early morning hours, just when I wake up. When I’m tired and sleepy, and my mind seems to be gravitating towards a certain option, I know that *that option* is the one my heart desires.

At 11:30 on Friday morning, I emailed my yoga teacher and committed to teacher training. The reality of my decision sunk in over the weekend and I know it was the right one.

I find, more often than not, that I’m overthinking it. You probably already know exactly what to do.
– Kat

My yoga studio is offering a teacher training that begins in January. As soon as it was announced, I was interested but pushed it out of my mind and told myself I wasn’t ready and it wasn’t a good time. The weeks ticked by and every time I heard something about the training, I felt a pull in my heart. One morning while I was practicing ashtanga, my teacher asked me what was holding me back from teacher training. After practice that morning, I couldn’t stop thinking about it and proceeded to drive myself crazy for the next couple of weeks. I talked to Brandon, my mom and Sarah (poor Sarah, I owe her a lifetime of favors for her patience and daily check-ins) about it and weighed all of the pros and cons until finally issuing the plea on my blog for advice.

“Think hard, act fast!” If I ask my mom for advice on a big decision, she will say to me- “you already know what to do.”

I am sure some of you were expecting more earth-shattering news but this is a huge leap of faith for my practice and my future. It also creates a significant strain on resources and time.

“Even if it’s the scarier decision, maybe against your realistic side, sometimes great decisions take big leaps of faith. Change is always a little scary!

Yoga teacher training is a 200 hour certification and is not exactly budget friendly. It is similar to taking a college course…but in yoga. The training begins in January and goes through April. It is structured in weekends where we meet Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. We have three weekends in January, two in February and March and one in April. When we are not in class, we have reading and papers as well as maintaining a personal practice and observing classes.

“My best advice is to ask yourself: if not now, then when? We often tend to wait for the “perfect” moment to do something, as if there’s really a perfect moment.

I am concerned about the time commitment. I already feel like every minute of my life is scheduled and this will require a lot of time away from home. I will have to give some things up while I am going through training but I know it will be worth it in the end. Even though now doesn’t feel like the perfect time, it is the right time. Life will only continue to get crazier and busier and I don’t want to regret not doing this when I had the chance.

“For me, it always comes down to whether my heart will be fuller and whether this decision will push me to become the person I am meant to be. I often shy away from that because sometimes the status quo seems easier. It usually means finding a new balance, but it has always been worth it in the end.
– Erin

Completing this training will have a couple of big benefits for me. First, I am beyond excited about the opportunity to deepen my practice, study yoga and share my knowledge with others. Second, it will move me closer to achieving some long-term goals I have set for myself.

Obviously, I will not be training for any spring races. Peanut Butter Runner is going to become Peanut Butter Yogi for a few months but I hope you will stay with me through this. If you’d have told me 18 months ago when I started practicing yoga as a means to deal with running injuries that I would end up wanting to get certified to teach, I would have laughed at you. Things changed. The more I struggled through it (yoga did not come easy for me); the more I longed to be on my mat. Eventually I found myself practicing almost every day and completely, 100% in love. Yoga has improved my life in immeasurable ways – physically and emotionally. I am extremely grateful for my practice.

I have to admit that I am nervous and more than a little scared about this next step but I am totally at peace with my decision and ready for the journey.

There will never be a “perfect time” so you should always choose what is going to make your heart full and put your mind at peace right now, no matter how scary it might seem.

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  • Stephanie December 20, 2010, 9:05 pm

    GREAT NEWS! I love yoga and have found myself becoming more and more into it. Good for you- based on the pictures you are fabulous at yoga and will make a great teacher!

  • branny December 20, 2010, 9:06 pm

    Wonderful news, Jen! My husband went through teacher training about 7 years ago and he has NEVER regretted it. It has opened so many doors for him: community service, part time work, deepened understanding of the yoga practice. You will be equally pleased with your decision, I am sure. Congratulations on your future path and thanks for sharing with us.

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 10:20 am

      Thank you so much for the congratulations and for sharing the positive impact teacher training had for your husband. I know this is the right thing for me and my practice.

  • Detroit Runner December 20, 2010, 9:16 pm

    Good luck with it. Running will always be there when you’re done too.

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 10:21 am

      Running will always be my first love. I am definitely not giving up on it – just putting training on hold for a while to focus on yoga. I will be back in action next summer training for a fall race, I’m sure! 🙂

  • Jennifer@ knackfornutrition December 20, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Congratulations! I’m excited for you! I’ve been contemplating some similar decisions lately and I think I need to think more seriously about it. There is no time like the present after all…

  • Katie December 20, 2010, 9:28 pm

    Having taken a bodypump class by you, I can say that you are definitely more than ready to teach Yoga. You are such a positive persona and I am sure that positivity will translate in your classes. All I can say is, SIGN ME UP… I will definitely come to some classes that you teach in the future!

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 10:23 am

      Katie – thank you SO much. This comment brought a smile to my face last night when I read it. 😀

  • Alaina December 20, 2010, 10:37 pm

    Congratulations on the training class! I’m sure you’ll be a GREAT teacher! Reading about your yoga practices, I really want to take it up! All I have is P90X’s yoga version; I need to find a beginner’s DVD 🙂

  • Josie December 20, 2010, 11:36 pm

    Congratulations on your decision – very happy for you! Can’t wait to read about your journey – thanks for sharing with us!

  • Danielle December 20, 2010, 11:38 pm

    This is so great. I can’t wait to hear about your journey! Congratulations 🙂

  • AJ December 21, 2010, 12:57 am

    I love your blog! It is so exciting that you’re taking on this challenge. I’ve just gotten into yoga myself, and it’s really a workout! You already have such a great attitude towards fitness and overall wellness. I think that you’ll be a wonderful yoga instructor!

  • JSG December 21, 2010, 1:19 am

    Hi! I have been reading your blog for sometime now. Love you.

    What an exciting step. I got my 200hr yoga certification 2 years ago. It changed my life for the better. You will meet the most amazing girls (which I call my yogi sisters :)I did the same thing too before I was committed. Its a huge time commitment, but it will go by fast!!! Congratulations to you!! My best advice is rest when you can, and soak it up!!

    Best to you, xoxo

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 10:29 am

      Thank you so much for the comment and for sharing your experience with me. While I am a little nervous I am more excited than anything about the training and really looking forward to deepening my practice. I also love the teachers who are leading the training so it will be an amazing to learn from them. I know I can make it through the training period – I will just have to take it one day at a time and like you said, rest when possible.

      Are you teaching now?

  • Becca B December 21, 2010, 6:39 am

    That is really great!! congrats!! enjoy every second of it!

  • Brittney December 21, 2010, 8:16 am

    Yay!! I will totally come to your classes when you start teaching! I’m not surprised about this decision at all, you and yoga go hand in hand in my mind and you have been passionate about yoga since I met you. I think you have a lot that you bring to the mat and to the people you teach and look forward to seeing where this takes you! Good luck with training Jen 🙂

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 3:53 pm

      Thank you Brittney! I replied to Katy that we need to have blogger group yoga classes so I can practice on you guys! 😉 It’s kind of tough to put the running aside for a while to focus on yoga but I know this is the right thing for my future and my practice. And like someone said in an above comment, running will always be there for me.

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) December 21, 2010, 9:03 am

    That’s great news! I can tell why this was such a hard decision for you, but you definitely made the right choice I think! And from the looks of things, you are going to make an awesome yogi! 😀

  • Claudie December 21, 2010, 9:04 am

    Jen, I can’t say much more, but to congratulate you on your decision. I am absolutely sure you’ll be glad with your choice and will be looking forward to your yoga posts 🙂 You will be an amazing teacher, I’m sure of it!

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 3:55 pm

      Claudie – I just wanted to thank you for being such an amazing reader. I always appreciate your kind words.

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) December 21, 2010, 9:05 am

    congratulations, jen! this is so exciting! i can’t wait for you to teach meeeee 🙂

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 3:36 pm

      thank you so much katie…we’ll have to have private blogger group lessons! 😉

  • erin December 21, 2010, 9:32 am

    Although I don’t “know” you, I am very excited for you! I braved the snow last night to get to a yoga class, so I completely understand the draw it has, mentally and physically. I look very forward to reading your posts about your practice. Congratulations on your decision. You will be a fantastic and encouraging teacher.

  • Mary Bradley December 21, 2010, 9:59 am

    good luck, Jen. You always amaze me with what you are capable of accomplishing in a day, I’m sure you’ll handle this new challenge just as smoothly. I’ve been doing prenatal yoga (just a DVD that I ordered) and it’s awesome.

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 3:57 pm

      So good to hear from you MB. I love that you are enjoying prenatal yoga! I have heard so many wonderful things about how beneficial it is for expecting mothers. Speaking of which…I need to see this baby bump. Pretty please send me a picture! When are you due? Miss you!!!

  • LBM December 21, 2010, 10:07 am

    Congratulations!!!! What an incredible new path for you! Good luck and keep us posted!

  • Brandon December 21, 2010, 10:41 am

    Hmm, learned something new today. You will be great.

  • Meaghan December 21, 2010, 11:14 am

    Hi! I’ve been reading for awhile but never commented before. I was compelled to today because I’m also completing teacher training next year! I was back and forth about it because of the time constraints, the major dinero, and because I’m the least flexible person in the world and didn’t want to be embarrassed by how much I still struggle in certain poses. But now that I’m committed I’m just excited. Best of luck learning to teach and deepening your practice.

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 3:35 pm

      Meaghan – thanks for commenting. I love hearing what you guys are going through too. I am SO excited to hear that you are also going through teacher training next year. I know that it is going to be physically and emotionally challenging but I am really looking forward to it. I also struggled a lot with the “am I ready? is my practice strong enough?” thoughts but I am so happy that I just decided to go for it. We will have to keep up with each other and compare experiences!

      • Meaghan December 21, 2010, 4:16 pm

        For sure! Virtual classmates 😉

  • Marian December 21, 2010, 1:09 pm


    That is SO exciting! Decisions like this can be so scary, but they are also the type you know you will never regret. Congratulations – can’t wait to hear about your adventures in teacher training – it’s something I hope to do someday too! Merry Christmas to you and Brandon!


    • Jen December 21, 2010, 3:22 pm

      Thank you Marian – I know you share my love for yoga and I will definitely keep you posted on the training process. Merry Christmas to you too! 🙂

  • Jen December 21, 2010, 2:43 pm

    You have no idea how much you inspire me! I think you are going to be fantastic and this sounds like a true love of yours, everyone should be so lucky to do what they love!! Merry Christmas, I look forward to reading about your journey to being certified :).


    • Jen December 21, 2010, 3:16 pm

      Aw, thanks Jen. Merry Christmas to you too! 😀

  • Alex December 21, 2010, 3:21 pm

    What an amazing opportunity Jen! I am so happy for you and your new journey. I am rather envious, you will have such an inspirational impact on your students. I am so grateful that I found your blog and am a loyal follower. You inspire me daily! 🙂

    • Jen December 21, 2010, 3:29 pm

      Alex – I so appreciate your kind words. I am grateful for my readers and you guys truly inspire ME! Thank you for all of your support.

  • the yogi master December 21, 2010, 4:29 pm

    Can’t wait! 😉 Very excited your’re taking the plunge!

  • kat December 21, 2010, 4:50 pm

    i knew this is what you were grappling with!!! crazy!!!! i mean, not exactly the exact thing, but i knew that you were considering moving toward some sort of fitness instruction path that would be bigger than what you are already doing. good for you. it’s perfect for you. you have chosen the right thing at the right time. :0)

  • Sana December 21, 2010, 7:02 pm

    Oh my goodness! You are going to make an amazing yoga instructor!

  • beth December 21, 2010, 10:53 pm

    congratulations on your decision – you seem like you will be a fantastic teacher!

  • Becky December 22, 2010, 7:15 am

    Congratulations on taking this step in your yogic journey! I’m sure it will be a truly deep, strengthening, and empowering experience. I look forward to following you along the way.

  • Jen December 22, 2010, 9:56 am

    Congrats Jen! I know this will be a huge committment for you, but it will be so worth it in the long run. You’ll be a phenomenal yoga instructor! You just seem like such a natural fit. I cannot wait to take your classes 🙂

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances December 22, 2010, 9:31 pm

    Hi! I just stumbled upon your blog, and I am so glad I did — I am also starting yoga teacher training in January! It’s going to intense, that’s for sure, but I knew in my heart that I had to do it. It just felt right. I am so excited to continue reading your blog and follow your journey!

  • Christina December 22, 2010, 11:49 pm

    Just reading this. Congratulations on making the decision to go forward – how exciting! It will be busy and challenging but it is so perfect for you! You will have to come do a class for all your old srat sisters one day! Remember to breathe (;

  • Maddie December 23, 2010, 12:29 am

    Hooray!! As soon as you posted about a “big decision” I’d hoped this was what you were thinking!! Very excited for you, and looking forward to taking a class of yours sometime in the future!! Merry Christmas, friend!

    • Jen December 25, 2010, 11:21 pm

      Thank you so much Maddie! I’m nervous and excited about the training – you guys will all have to let me practice on you after teacher training! 😉 I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas!

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