Since last posting, I’ve been to India and back, moved to a new city, started a new job. I’ve been overjoyed, I’ve been overwhelmed, I’ve been heart-wrenchingly longing for lots of by-gones. In India I was cyber-detoxing, in Bristol I’ve been overworking…and now, given some time and space I’ve acknowledged and accepted- I’m human after all, what can I say!
Gosh, it’s been nearly 3 months since my last post. We’re 3 months into super duper ‘The Year of Our Lives’-2017! I wanted to share the first installment of my aforementioned ‘work work work work’ plan for 2017 :
Yoga teacher Training: Green Yoga India
So in February I completed my 200Hr Yoga Teaching Certification at Green Yoga India and am now a RYA Member -woohoo! What a month it was. Lots and lots of laughter with the 40 other girls and boys, but also tears and a whole load of self discovery and learning.
When you sign up to something like Yoga Teaching in India everything looks like it will be so dreamy; think sipping coconuts on the beach, countless sessions of gentle, flowing yoga with lots of long tanned limbs moving harmoniously and then the feeling you will be an absolute Yoga LEGEND when you graduate. Now remove the huge pinch of salt and come to reality…. It was hard. Really. bloody. hard. But hard in every sense that I find even now difficult to explain.After an early 7am self-guided meditation followed by first sweaty 2 hour Yoga session of the day it was then a solid 7 hour day of theory and study in our hot outdoor Indian shala. Starting from the ground up we began with the skeletal system, cardiovascular system, respiratory system and then on to the muscles, anatomy, history, Ayurveda (…etc). The sessions provided such a solid understanding of the traditions and philosophy what we were actually teaching rather than learning by rote to just regurgitate a westernised mishmash of what we thought yoga was, something I am ever-grateful for having now learnt.
The yoga itself was FAB- with practicals in Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Yin and Aerial it was all rather jazzy. Having a bit of a Yin and Pitta (slow, gentle) energy preference I naturally gravitated to teaching Hatha and Yin but reckon it will be good to mix things up and dabble in sweaty, flowy Vinyasa once in a while. Teaching my first class was the absolute best feeling. I mean I am no yoga legend unfortunately -I now have a far deeper appreciation of the roots of yoga to think this will ever be the case- HA!- however I certainly feel ready to teach and share this wonderful practice with the world, or anyone that will have me.
All in all there lots of learning (understatement), supported by hands-on sessions, assessments, exams and this was all fuelled by the most delicious vegetarian, alcohol-free, turmeric- filled diet. The food, ohhhh the food- 10*
I could also go on to talk about all of those mad, profound, way-out moments experienced during our guided meditation sessions, Yoga Nidra and chanting but theres lots of reasons not to. I guess I don’t want to a. influence anyones future experience through my own, b. scare anyone off meditation and c. lay down an anecdote from which others may strive to achieve the same experience. If you want a far better, and more entertaining account of what can happen during 1 month of immersion in deep meditations and yogic culture go read Elizabeth Gilbert’ s Eat. Pray. Love. She funny
Since coming home Ive had lots of friends approach me to let me know that they are thinking of doing their teacher training and asking for advice, tips and what to pack! Maybe I’ll pop together something on the blog in future to help with anyone looking to take their next yogi steps. In the meantime if you want any info email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll be happy to help!
Also if yo have any experiences, tips and recommendations I would love to hear them !