Yes, after almost 5 years, many weekends and evenings travelling to courses, planning classes, assessing students, studying and filling in of endless forms, my work is done!! My application to become a 'Certified Yoga Therapist" is complete and submitted. Wow, what a relief and I can't help but think of a time many years ago, 30 years ago this month in fact.
I had just finished 4 long, intense years of University, had my Bachelor's degree in hand and had just written the RN exams. My degree would be of little value unless I passed that day and a half exam. I would be unable to call my self a 'Registered Nurse" nor practice. Although today I can still practice 'yoga therapy', I am not quite able to call myself a 'Yoga Therapist." A seemingly small distinction in practice, but in theory is huge! I will be part of an international organization with strict guidelines, a code of ethics and rigorous certification processes. Much like my Nursing College.
I need to thank so many people for supporting me along the way, beginning with my husband and family. My absence many evenings and weekends made their life a little less easy but they never complained. Next my teachers, Jules Payne and Michelle Kahan who own Ajna School of Yoga Therapy. They managed to achieve accreditation as a school of Yoga Therapy before anyone else in Canada, and now there are still only 2 others. Their teachings from the heart, their vast well of knowledge was limitless and they shared it with their students with grace and humility. Jenn Piercy was an inspiring mentor who guided me along my path to creating the Rest Revolution and understanding the value of Yoga Nidra. I'd be remiss if I didn't thank the dozens of students who entered my little studio with an open mind and heart and allowed me to practice my 'trade' so to speak. When I put out a call for help, needing to assess and create a plan for about 50 people, my friends and students came to my aid and passed it along to their friends. In the end, it seemed not so daunting a task with so much support.
Now I can breath a sigh of relief, and just wait for the IAYT to process my application. I'm done.