Hannah Jones dives back into the Arkansas AcroYoga blog with a story of her time at Acro Revolution Teacher Training last August.
It has been quite some time since we’ve posted on our blog, but after our long respite, I’m ready to dive back in! Quite a lot of great things have occurred in our lives and in the life of Arkansas AcroYoga since last June, but one of the most influential was the accomplishment of one of our big goals. Hannah T, Scott and I earned our Acro Revolution teacher training! We are incredibly happy and proud of ourselves for the hard work and dedication we put into our training, but more than anything, we are excited to be a part of a great tribe of people.
About 4 years ago, a group of some of our acro heroes (Josh Young, Lizzy Tomber, Whakapaingia David Luke, Sara Laimon Luke and Aaron Lind) developed the Acro Revolution Teacher Training. They wanted to create a challenging, but accessible training for acroyoga leaders who had a heart for community and growth. We were drawn specifically to them because of the caring attention they had already shown our small, budding community. When considering training options, the three of us agreed that we must be part of the tribe.
Hannah Trice was able to attend the June residential training in Hawaii and hers is a beautiful story for another time and another narrator. I shall relate to you the memorable journey Scott and I took.
It was the first non-residential program Acro Rev had done, so our group was their guinea pig. We were able to get in on a group of about 10 to share a house rented through Air B&B. I loved the experience of living with a bunch of acrobats for 10 days, though of course there were ups and downs to it.
The training was quite intensive. We did handstand training, beginner through advanced acro workshops, operational lecture sessions and “family time” every day. Sprinkled throughout, we were given teaching projects and jam time to skill-share. Our days were full, fun and exhausting.
In retrospect, I think I would have preferred a residential training, due to the extra time and stress of transportation and meal prep. But San Diego is a magical place. The weather was perfect, the ocean was beautiful and the food was delicious. Scott and I spent most of our time with our friend Tami from Tulsa and our new friends Morgan and Keoni from Louisville. A benefit of the extra transportation and meal time was that we were able to get to know each other and become close. When you share an experience like this with someone, they really begin to feel like family.
I like to think of myself as an under-cover introvert--someone who can disguise my shyness (fake it till you make it) but still has to have alone time to re-fuel. About 4 or 5 days into the training I had an emotional breakdown. It hit me that I had gone so many days with barely a minute alone and I knew I needed to take care of myself. I chose to skip a session and it was a great decision. I stayed home, read my Bible, called my mom and asked her to sing to me over the phone. Everyone was understanding and commended me for doing what I knew I needed to do in order to make it through. The rest of the week went smoothly with no more breakdowns.
My favorite time of the day was evening “family time” at a local yoga studio. We did “Ted Talks” where each of us was given 3 minutes to share something about ourselves (a story, a skill to teach, a special talent). I chose to tell about how my faith in Christ plays an integral role in who I am and I sang a song in Slovak about God’s love. It was a heavy but beautiful moment. I was one of many who ventured to be vulnerable but those stories were balanced out by the fun, silly or otherwise interesting presentations by others. These evenings together were what really made me feel like a part of the tribe.
It wasn’t simply a means to become an effective teacher. In addition I learned so much about myself, my strengths and the strengths of those around me, about community and support, about purpose and healthy intentions and about loving what I do. I would recommend Acro Rev to any acroyogi seeking to develop themselves as a leader and instructor.