Our 10 week 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training begins February 18th, 2017! This program will empower you to live your most inspired life and give you the tools to help others do the same.
Katie Landgrebe, a graduate of our 2016 program, shared her personal experience with us and how it helped her find inner peace and calm.
Tools for Finding Peace
Katie Landgrebe – August 2016
I came to yoga at a time in my life when I desperately needed a little more peace. I was going to two, three, even sometimes four classes a week for a period of almost seven months, and in spurts and moments I would steal a little peace, or just some sustained nothingness, through a yoga practice.
There was, and is, something about the physical act of bringing yourself to a space where the intention is to take care of your body and mind, then to intentionally move and breathe and be, that facilitates inner quieting.
It seemed like the natural next step was to do yoga teacher training this past spring at M Power, and I’ll remain forever grateful that I did. I went into the 10-week training not quite knowing what to expect, but sure that I wanted to invest more time and learning into my own yoga practice. I had no expectation that I would teach afterwards, but just knew that I wanted to learn more, build community, and connect to the larger story behind yoga.
My largest realization during teacher training came through a weekend we spent with Bram Levinson, who came to spend time with us in Baltimore all the way from Montreal. He talked about how through yoga, we are giving people a tool to find peace. He gave words to what I had discovered about yoga already. It truly is a tool to find peace.
The funny, and wonderful, thing is that the more I started to think about it, the more I realized that yoga is just one of many tools to find peace that are available to me. And my tools probably differ greatly from yours. Mine range from laying in the summer sun, to drinking coffee with a friend I love, to reading a book outside on my parent’s porch. I’m constantly discovering new ones and refining the old.
I’ve always believed in the adage that our own peace and unity is bound up in the peace and unity of others. It is a concept that exists across cultures and histories; in African culture it is often called “Ubuntu,” roughly translated to, “I am, because we are.” In Judaism and Christianity, a prophet named Jeremiah talks about “welfare,” relaying instructions to worry about the welfare of those around you (no matter if they enslave you or disrespect your history) because your own welfare is tied to others.
This was how I started to think about yoga throughout teacher training and carry with me as I move into teaching and practicing now. Yoga not as some mystical or ancient art (although it sometimes seems that way), or as a simple exercise form meant to get you sweating, but yoga as a tool for peace, one among many.