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    I am seriously considering completing an online YTT.
    Am I crazy?

    The price tag is outrageously high if I consider it as a percentage of my annual income.
    On the other hand, the price tag is much less than any in-person training would cost, it's being offered by an instructor who I both like and trust to provide quality programming (Briohny Smyth), and from what I've seen of the program via a preview I just completed this weekend, I think Bri and her team have put considerable thought into providing as many of the benefits of an in-person training into their online offering as they can. (In any case, I flat out cannot afford--financially or practically--an in-person YTT at this time, nor will I be able to afford one at any time in the foreseeable future. So my choice is to complete the best online YTT I can find or to not do a YTT.)

    After completing just one day of the training via this weekend's free preview I feel energized by my own yoga practice once again, and excited by the prospect of the benefits completing the YTT could bring to me personally.
    On the other hand, I don't kid myself into thinking the program would bring me any kind of professional benefit. [There are zero yoga studios in the town where I live. There's only one room in the house in which I live with enough space to facilitate teaching to even one student or recording video content, and that room is occupied by people who are not me from 8AM (and sometimes earlier) until 2AM (and sometimes later) pretty much every day. Teaching for someone else doesn't pay enough in this country to make it worth my while to drive to another town to do it. And with a human population of less than 5000, the Booming Metropolis just isn't large enough to make renting a teaching space of my own a financially viable venture.]

    Do I want to trade two years' worth of discretionary spending for a really cool experience that will only last for one year? (I'm confident that completing the YTT would provide me with some residual benefits. But my access to the training experience itself would terminate after only one year.) The math doesn't look like a good deal on these grounds.
    On the other hand, the options for things I can do to make my life better seem to constrict further and further with each passing year. And this is something I can currently do. (Or is this just the pandemic talking?)

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      More hours in a day.. I'd like to know the solution too!

      And regarding the YTT; when I'm considering doing or buying something expensive, I'll ask myself if I think it is worth it. If I find the price worth what it is going to give me. If it makes me happy now and I find it worth the price (is the emotionally argument) and I can afford it (rationally), than I should do it. If I'm saying no to the emotionally part, than it's not worth it. If I'm going to be broke, it's just not possible.

      Good luck with your decision!

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        My final consideration in these cases is: now I can do it in the future I don't know.
        If you really want to do it, do it without thinking too much about the possible future benefits, enjoy something you want to do and you can do, now
        The way to learn and also the possibilities to do it have changed a lot in recent years and it is a great opportunity.

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          When making decisions like that, I make sure to tick the "reality boxes" like time and money first. For the rest, I just go with my gut feeling - when I'm really excited about something and it's doable w/r/t time and money, I go for it!

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            Originally posted by PetiteSheWolf View Post
            Ha, if you find a way to add hours in a day, please share, that interests me too (and also attached to this blue planet )
            Originally posted by NancyTree View Post
            More hours in a day.. I'd like to know the solution too!
            If I figure this one out, I'll be sure to let you know!



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              NancyTree
              Fremen
              sleep_twitch

              Thank you for your input.

              For me the challenge is in assessing the opportunity cost. I have more than enough cash savings to cover the cost of the training. So yes, I can "afford it" at this time. On the other hand, I have very little income. So an expense of this magnitude will result in my savings decreasing. My savings are already not large enough to do the most important thing I would want to do with money (own my own home). Purchasing the training or not won't make a difference in that regard. But spending the money on this training will mean that I no longer have that money available to spend on other things I would otherwise have been able to afford and might want or need. And I have no idea what my future needs might be. Therein lies the rub.

              On the other hand, I have been attracted to the idea of doing a YTT for a long time, and this particular training opportunity removes the major obstacles which have prevented me from doing one in the past.

              1. I am really picky about yoga teachers. There are a lot out there I do not like to practise with at all. If I invest in one yoga class and find I do not click with the instructor, it's no big deal. You go your way and I'll go mine, lesson learned. But if I invested this kind of money in a training and discovered I did not like the instruction, I would be pissed. All of the YTTs in my area are offered by instructors I do not know at all. And they are offered by instructors who only teach YTTs. So there's no opportunity for me to take a low-cost test drive of these instructors. This YTT would be with an instructor who I already know I like and can learn from. (Plus: she provided me with a free one-day test drive of her actual YTT offering. A smart business move on her part. It's very likely what will clinch the deal for me.)

              2. All YTTs include a "yoga philosophy" component. There are some aspects of yoga philosophy that still make a lot of sense in our modern world. There are other aspects of yoga philosophy which, quite frankly, are woo-woo nonsense. You may have noticed I'm not real big on woo-woo. Unfortunately, a lot of yoga instructors--including a lot who provide yoga teacher trainings--are. (The number of people in the yoga and "wellness" communities who buy into Q-anon, anti-mask, anti-vax and other cuckoo conspiracy theories is truly frightening.) I've never known Bri to preach the aspects of yoga philosophy I find to be woo-woo, and her YTT appears to advocate for embracing the aspects of yoga philosophy which still work today in the ways in which they still work today for you and simply being aware of the rest as knowledge of the history of yoga. This is an approach I can live with.

              3. In-person YTTs are expensive (~ twice the price of this online option), and because none of them are local to me, doing one would also incur significant travel expenses on top of the fee for the training. In-person YTTs with yoga teachers I know and like well enough that I'd actually be willing to risk my money on taking a YTT with them are all immersion style YTTs in exotic locations where the travel costs to get to the location, plus the accommodation costs to stay there, make the overall price tag prohibitive for me. Plus I'm not in a position to be able to simply fly away from my daily responsibilities for a month to complete a YTT. People and puppies here rely on me, and there's no one else available to do what I do in my absence.

              4. YTTs--even online ones--require a large investment of time. I already have a lot of things on my plate, and the amount of time I have available on any given day can fluctuate wildly, and on little-to-no notice. Even most of the online YTTs I have seen are designed to be immersive experiences which would require me to invest too much time within too short of an interval to work with the preexisting constraints on my schedule. Either that, or they involve predetermined start and end times and/or mandatory attendance at live virtual trainings which I cannot guarantee I would be able to accommodate. But Bri's online YTT is truly a train-at-your-own pace option: one full year from whatever date I choose to start to complete the training, with no mandatory attendance at specific times. This is something I can do.

              Originally posted by Fremen View Post
              My final consideration in these cases is: now I can do it in the future I don't know.
              This is definitely a factor too. This is the first time I have found a YTT that I actually could do both financially and time-wise that I have felt confident would be a valuable experience for me. And it's being offered in this format because of Covid. (Historically, YTTs have required in-person training. This requirement is currently being waived because Covid-19 has made in-person yoga retreats impossible.) I personally don't care about certification. (It's not legally required to teach yoga or other fitness activities in Canada, and I have no interest in working for an organization that might require it.) But when online YTTs did not qualify for Yoga Alliance certification, none of the people I would want to train with offered them.

              Now that so many yoga schools have developed online YTTs, will they continue to offer them if/when YA and other accreditation bodies stop accepting their validity? I suspect Bri might, because she has clearly invested a lot of time, money, expertise, and effort into creating an online platform that works well. The cost to maintain the platform at this point is minimal compared to the upfront costs required to develop it. And I'm far from the only person interested in YTT who doesn't care about certification from an unofficial accreditation organization. Still, the platform is probably at the height of its value now that all of the initial kinks have already been worked out but Bri is still excited about it, and her schedule has not yet re-filled with in-person trainings.

              I have sent an email to the Aligned Yoga team with a few questions I have. I will make my final decision once I hear back from them.

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                Ruby-throated Hummingbird visiting my Scarlet Beebalm!

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                Eastern Cottontail lounging about in the shade of our house, (after munching on some leaves in my native flower garden):

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                  I love hummingbirds! the only thing I can have in my garden is a hummingbird butterfly (hummingbirds don't live in the Netherlands). Oh, in English it's officially called Hummingbird hawk moth, but in Dutch it's a butterfly.

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                    NancyTree hummingbird moths are so coo! We have Hummingbird Clearwing moths here, though I have only seen one the one time thus far. I was on the Marsh Trail in Rondeau, photographing a flower, when I noticed something hovering beside me. I turned to see this huge fuzzy insect that was acting like a hummingbird but clearly was not a hummingbird. (Clearwings are green, and our hummingbirds are also green, which adds to the confusion. But I could see my companion had antennae.) Hummingbird moths are considered to be moths taxonomically (at least for now--our understanding of taxonomy changes all the time, and there is a lot we still do not know!) Even though they are diurnal, like butterflies they have fuzzy bodies and feathereed antenae, like other moths.

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                      Saturday, July 31 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 465


                      running: 7K in 48:47 - in town - night run. accidentally ran farther than I had intended because I lost track of how many loops I had run, and I cannot read in low light conditions

                      push/pull/press/plank: handstands and push-ups done as part of my yoga practice

                      yoga: 55 minutes - vinyasa flow with Bri


                      Workout with my mother: Day 499

                      Posture
                      30 Days of Gravity - Day 14
                      Sore Feet
                      Wrist Pain
                      Hand Tendons

                      Total time for w/o w. mother: 42:10

                      Total workout time: 146 minutes


                      Other stuff:

                      6 km hiking
                      8 minutes restorative yoga

                      Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 578/578
                      Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 264
                      Daily Ornithology - - Total Consecutive Days: 10
                      Daily Artwork - - Total Consecutive Days: 10
                      GOBOT (6:30) - - 5/7
                      GBOT (11:00) - - 4/7


                      Year 51 Goals Tracking:

                      1. 443.5/1000 km running
                      2. 1521.7/3000 km total distance
                      3. 13 hrs. 11 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
                      4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
                      5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
                      6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
                      7. 6/15 chapters Bird Bio course
                      8. 4/100 nature journal entries with sketches
                      9. 61/100 complete bird counts
                      10. bird species IDed by ear: 22/100
                      11. Fluenz French: 65/150 sessions
                      12. French tests: TBD
                      13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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                        Sunday, August 1 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 466


                        running: day off

                        push/pull/press/plank: handstands and push-ups done as part of my yoga practice

                        yoga: 73 minutes - vinyasa flow with Bri


                        Workout with my mother: Day 500

                        Journey Before Destination
                        Back Pain Relief
                        Ankle Recovery
                        Wrist Pain
                        Hand Tendons

                        Total time for w/o w. mother: 37:30

                        Total workout time: 110 minutes


                        Other stuff:

                        2 km hiking
                        6 minutes restorative yoga

                        Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 579/579
                        Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 265
                        Daily Ornithology - - Total Consecutive Days: 11
                        Daily Artwork - - Total Consecutive Days: 11
                        GOBOT (6:30) - - 1/1
                        GBOT (11:00) - - 1/1


                        Year 51 Goals Tracking:

                        1. 443.5/1000 km running
                        2. 1523.7/3000 km total distance
                        3. 14 hrs. 24 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
                        4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
                        5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
                        6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
                        7. 6/15 chapters Bird Bio course
                        8. 5/100 nature journal entries with sketches
                        9. 61/100 complete bird counts
                        10. bird species IDed by ear: 22/100
                        11. Fluenz French: 65/150 sessions
                        12. French tests: TBD
                        13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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                          Monday, August 2 - Rainbow's Consecutive Days of Fitness Day 467


                          running: 6K in 38:59 - in town - Took this run easy because I felt pretty tight starting out. The increased volume and intensity of yoga training over the weekend felt great emotionally, but I'm feeling it physically too.

                          push/pull/press/plank: handstands and push-ups done as part of my yoga practice

                          yoga: 73 minutes - vinyasa flow with Bri


                          Workout with my mother: Day 501

                          Upper Body Stretch
                          Combat HIIT - Day 14
                          Better Balance
                          Talk to the Hand
                          Hand Tendons

                          Total time for w/o w. mother: 37:00

                          Total workout time: 106 minutes


                          Other stuff:

                          2 km hiking
                          5 minutes restorative yoga

                          Only Homemade Food - ​​ - Total Days: 580/580
                          Daily French Study - - Total Consecutive Days: 266
                          Daily Ornithology - - Total Consecutive Days: 12
                          Daily Artwork - - Total Consecutive Days: 12
                          GOBOT (6:30) - - 2/2
                          GBOT (11:00) - - 2/2


                          Year 51 Goals Tracking:

                          1. 449.5/1000 km running
                          2. 1531.7/3000 km total distance
                          3. 14 hrs. 54 min. / 100 hours yoga/dance
                          4. fastest 5K year-to-date: 25:57 (goal is < 22)
                          5. most push-ups in one set: 23/50
                          6. press-to-handstand progress: scissor press from 10" footstool, with head against wall (goal = 1 unassisted)
                          7. 6/15 chapters Bird Bio course
                          8. 7/100 nature journal entries with sketches
                          9. 61/100 complete bird counts
                          10. bird species IDed by ear: 22/100
                          11. Fluenz French: 66/150 sessions
                          12. French tests: TBD
                          13. pull-up progress: 14 second unassisted negative (goal = 1 unassisted)

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                            Congrats on 500 days of workouts with your mother

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                              Congrats on the 500 day mother-daughter workout streak - that's amazing!

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                                Wow 500 days already! Congrats!

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