a day in the life: yoga teacher training

Our good buddy Matt is off in Bali for the next month taking on a big goal: yoga teacher training! We are going to be checking in with him a few times on his journey to see how things are going...here's how he's doing after week one.

When I said I was going to Bali for a month, people often thought I was living as a vagabond – doing yoga and taking naps in rice fields all day. Rest assured, my experience thus far has been quite different. Here’s what my days look like:

4:00 am: The roosters are awake, which means so is everyone else. The sun isn’t up yet, so I check my emails in bed or do some morning writing before my alarm goes off to tell me it’s time to get this party started.

5:02 am: The alarm goes off. I pack my bag with two pairs of Pacebreaker Shorts, two Metal Vent Teach tops, my Mat, and my notebook + manuals and head off to the studio.

6:05 am: I walk into the studio in ‘noble silence.’ None of the students are permitted to speak, make eye contact with each other, or be “outside ourselves” until after our yoga practice.

6:30 am: Morning meditation begins for 30 minutes.

7:00 am: Insert 2 hours of the most gruelling asana practice I have ever taken. They lead the class with the intention of making us remember what it is like to attend a yoga class for the first time. This means new poses, new sequences, holding poses for 5 minutes (“you should be able to stay in headstand for 10 minutes” they say), and so many chaturangas! And it isn’t a workshop where you get to stop and look at what the next sequence is (and catch your breath). No, this is straight vinyasa the whole time. Needless to say, I had tears streaming up my face as I was in wheel pose yesterday. My body is getting rocked!

9:00 am: Noble silence ends just in time to send us off to breakfast (after some withheld “good mornings” are joyously exchanged). Raw meals are the prescribed menu option while we are doing our training, and there is a great group of us who are diligently sticking to that plan. Bring on the coconut smoothies!

10:30-6 pm: Class time. Guest faculty members come in to talk about NLP (neuro-linguistic programming), yoga philosophy, alignment, teaching techniques, Ayurveda, and clean eating. We sit on bolsters on the floor during lectures and have already started teaching each other sequences and getting feedback on our approach. It’s cool to see how everything is beginning to tie together during these sessions.

6:00 pm: Food time!

7:30 pm – ???: “Still More” sessions. These are surprise sessions we don’t know much about. One has been a “get to know each other” activity with our mentors. Tomorrow’s, we have been told, is to review our morning asana practice that they are going to film so we can see what a class looks like after we’ve experienced it.
We sneak in another yoga class here if there isn’t a Still More Session in order to take advantage of the free classes at the studio we get as trainees. Hanging Restorative Yoga – don’t mind if I do!

10:30 pm: I get home to take a quick dip in the pool to cool off and calm my body down after a full day. I jump into bed – ready to do it all over again the next day.

Rinse and repeat for the next 25 days. Napping in the rice fields seems pretty nice right about now…

Taking on yoga teacher training is a big deal - we're cheering you on, Matt! What goals are you chasing right now? Are they going the way you expected them to?

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Which yoga teaching training are you at in Bali? Sounds like a great one!

Comment by Johanna — April 19, 2013 @ 4:22 pm

Sounds like such a rewarding experience! I’m curious about what program/company this training is through?

Comment by Kat — April 19, 2013 @ 5:03 pm

Omg, loved reading your post! I just returned from my teacher training in Ubud and SO miss it there! It looks like you are doing your training @ radiantly alive – I took a few classes w/ Daniel Aaron and absolutely loved him and the studio. Just wanted to say good luck and stay present – it’s such an amazing experience, especially in Ubud:). SO spiritual:).

Comment by Susan — April 19, 2013 @ 7:39 pm

This sounds awesome. Is it a 200 or 300 RYT training? I culminated my 200 hour training in Bali and I’m doing my 300 now in California with Noah Mazé but would love to find a training like this in the future. Are you willing to share who’s offering it?

Comment by Tali — April 20, 2013 @ 11:45 pm

Hi Matt,

I would love to nap in the rice fields too. It allows me to be close to nature. :)


Comment by Ed — April 21, 2013 @ 2:58 am

Hi Johanna, Kat, Susan and Tali,
Matt’s doing his training through Radiantly Alive studio in Ubud.
~ Siya
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Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — April 22, 2013 @ 7:21 am

love this article! can’t wait for the next installment!

Comment by Alicia — April 22, 2013 @ 8:21 am

Love taking a look back at teacher training. It was one of the most challenging experiences of my life when I did my pilates instructor training program. I think it’s wonderful when you have the opportunity to really immerse yourself in the training because once you start teaching (and maybe even running a studio someday) it is more difficult to find time for yourself.

Comment by Dana Auriemma — April 23, 2013 @ 5:29 am

Ubud is beautiful!!! This is where my husband & I spent our honeymoon & made our first daughter! :-)) Very magical place!!

Comment by Britten Bailey — April 23, 2013 @ 8:37 am

Intense!!!! Just finished my TT here in California- what a different approach you get to experience! Sounds amazing!!!

Comment by Lizzy — April 24, 2013 @ 12:32 pm

wow thats amazing!!! i want to go to Bali so bad! i am going to baptiste training in june but loved this article! good luck!

Comment by Tiare Vincent — April 26, 2013 @ 5:32 pm

Hello Matt

Really you are doing very hard work and your daily life impressed me. I love to do yoga and have joined classes at http://www.prasanthistudio.com. I have learned many yoga poses. Yoga really helped me a lot in my life to become fit, active and healthy.

Comment by Lisa M.Randall — July 5, 2013 @ 8:43 am

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