yeah, we all made it!! so proud of everyone. we are now yoga teachers! thanks to merel who made this great experience possible, she is a very special woman. it was a great course and i learnt so much more than i even dreamt of. i cannot even grasp it yet, guess i will realize everything in the plane tomorrow. i feel not happy having to leave this amazing place, but i am blessed for the new friends i made – especially cari, who will have a place in my heart wherever i go. ❤️
today morning and afternoon both, ryan and cari held a hatha class instead of our teacher mandi. so also mandi’s regular students were coming and attending the session. both did a very good job, ryan was doing his own personalized variation of a vinyasa in his hatha sequence and was talking very confident. cari was well prepared and spread a very warm and relaxing atmosphere in her traditional hatha class.
we celebrated with a big munch of ice cream, cake and fruit dream and finished off our evening at the open mic at dylan’s. tomorrow afternoon is gonna be my class, followed by our ceremony. so keep your fingers crossed!
we had our exam today, it was really nice – i felt prepared, and so all 3 of my group passed. i didn’t have to study too much because the whole topic is so interesting to us that we would talk about that stuff anyways in the evening or weekends. never thought i would make it to “the good students” in my life anymore, but it obviously depends on what you are studying and if you like it. i loved it, all of the past 4 weeks.
tomorrow morning ryan will teach his class and in the afternoon carina. i am excited for them already! today cari & me played the students for ryan, he was doing a great job! i would definitely go to his class!
the time has passed fast, almost 4 weeks intense yoga classes, tomorrow we have the written exam. today we had hatha with mandi, then awesome breakfast, satsang with rajee, the guru, whose followers fall to his feed after his speech. in the lunch break we sat together & prepared for the exam, later i was swimming in the ocean and layed in the sand, feeling one with nature. then intense ashtanga class with mandi – thanks to him i am able to perform a headstand all by myself, it is an awesome feeling (letting go of the fear to fall)!
the sequence for my hatha class, fixed! saturday afternoon 4pm at blue pyramid – join if you have time!
our theoretical exam will be on thursday, so i still need to study a whole lot. but i guess i got a basic understanding, this should help too.
there is still anatomy lessons with merel going on as well as the satsangs with rajee.
i cannot believe in 5 days i am leaving beautiful arambol, but maybe i’m come back soon..
the last week of the training started, on saturday morning i am going to teach my first drop in yoga class. today i arranged my sequence and thought about warm up, meditation and chanting parts and tomorrow the teachers will have a quick look at it.
i actually start to feel comfortable with the poses and the teaching. i didnt start the training with the intent of becoming a teacher, but to learn more about yoga for my own benefits. now i cannot wait to teach my boyfriend, so we can do yoga together on the beach, my mom, who has diabetes or brother with slip disc problem. since i am on the beginning of my travelling, i see this teacher certificate as a possibility to earn money when and wherever needed.
besides an awesome hatha class with manfred, the austrian, in the morning, we had the day off for self study. so we enjoyed arambol – rich breakfast, inspiring talks, reading a bit & feeding a puppy all at “love temple”. then meeting our girls for some raw vegan ice cream at “once in nature” followed by a great philosophy q&a session with yogesh. later on we found the best coffee in town at “dylan’s” where cari & me had some hot choc cookies and the best coffee in town while going over again what we just learnt from yogesh and i got quite emotional, guess some knot opened. after some hula hoop, playing with kids, cows & dogs at the street, we headed to “rLOVEution” for a concert – a jam session with bass, beatboxing, violine, harmonica, saxophon and vocals. it was amazing, then the big dog fight in the middle of the crowd. finally we ended up on the back of a scooter towards home.
it’s so much to do here, and everbody is in – at the same time you wanna do nothing and just inhale, exhale. also we need to start studying for our exams next week – a written test & we will have the chance to teach a class!! so exciting! so whatever i’m gonna do tomorrow, it will be amazing!
it’s only 1 more week to our exams, i can’t believe time passed by so fast. however we are separated in a small group of 3 people now (cari, ryan snd me) and have different classes, much more intense and private.
today morning there was a big rainshower that set the shala under water so we had no asana class. instead cari and went to breakfast and had some time for ourselves, which was very welcome change to our busy schedule. later we had anatomy with merel and a satsang with guru reij – it was highly interesting, i just need to relax more in his presence. at the satsang different people sat around the guru and he was talking and answering questions out of the group. it was very uncomplicated and yet i had to concentrate a lot not to lose track, because my mind started processing all the information at the same time. in the afternoon we had some q&a session about tantra.
later we had the most awesome ashtanga class, led by an austrian – he is a great teacher, also we were a small group to teach so everyone got a lot of attention. the evening classes always end with sunset while the morning classes start with sundawn. so we were looking over the ocean on the red sun and sky with lots of happiness inside.
if there is something i am sure to say already by now: this group of people is wonderful! if it’s the boys or the girls – everyone is giving his/her personal best without comparing to each other, there is always friendly and uplifting words, hugs and friendships gestures around the place and happy faces already early morning at 7 (yeah, i know!! it must be yogi magic).
you are going to meet some beautiful charakters that have travelled around the world to study yoga philosophy, so be prepared for great talks and warm hearts, new friends and lots of hugs.
the first weeks in anatomy we were going over the skeleton, muscles and other tissues in the body as well as their functions. now we are starting to learn/repeat the body systems like function of the heart, lungs, oxigen exchange in the body etc. merel who studied medicin and ayurvedic medicin is perfect cast for this job. she is drawing lots of pictures on the board to make it all understandable for us. lots i learnt in school already, but when i was 12 or so..
so this helps me alot not only to understand my body and its functions, but also to see how asana postures work or where/what can be the limitations. further more i am distancing myself more from my body as i deal so much with its structure – am i a hamstring? am i a lung?