Okay, here it is... the big announcement: I'm in! After some email exchange with Kurt Johnsen, the founder of APY, he assured me that the training will indeed be going forward, and that it's looking like the class will be full. I signed up this afternoon. The session begins June 11th, and I'm excited.
I have a feeling this experience is going to shake things up a little bit, life-wise. I've been working the same schedule for the past four years, but I'll need to negotiate different hours at the restaurant in order to accommodate the teacher training, school, work, and sleep. I was thinking this was going to be difficult, but last night I was asked if I'd be interested in moving to a new location the company is opening as part of the "opening team." This move would allow me to essentially choose my schedule for the summer, which would solve the "no time for sleep" dilemma. It's tentatively looking good.
The reading list for the training course is fairly light: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, How Yoga Works, A New Earth, and the Tao Te Ching, but of course, neither of the translations that I currently own. I was pleased to see the Tao on the list, though. Apparently, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior is a novel (?), which, according to the Amazon.com review, appeals to "certain male readers" who "especially appreciate the coming-of-age theme, the haunting love story with the elusive woman Joy, and the challenging of Western beliefs about masculine power and success." Anti-machismo masculinity? I could get behind that, I guess. Amazon customer buddha18 says of the book, "part jedi, part ninja -- all awesome." Anyone have some more insight on this?
I asked about the anatomy component of the course during the open house question & answer session, and he said we'll have two workshops with a physical therapist. I would have liked to see an anatomy reference in the reading list, but I suppose I already have a couple of those. I've done some reading, and the books I have are very good, but I haven't taken an anatomy class since high school. I hope the workshops are thorough.
I stayed behind to ask Kurt a few more questions after the Q & A. He was very receptive. He spoke of teaching one's own practice, which I found reassuring. I asked him a vague question about the lineage of the asana practice he teaches, and got an appropriately vague answer. But I've been doing my research, and I've watched some videos of his practice and teaching style, and, based on what I've seen, I look forward to working with him.