The first words that come to mind when I think about last month are: intensive, reflection and a steep learning curve in a warm and welcoming surrounding. What a month it has been! Transforming into a yoga teacher foremost teaches you about yourself. The magic of being a yoga teacher is that you become a unique yoga teacher because your teaching comes from within you. There are no two teachers alike. Everyone has his or her own style and preferences: the way you use your voice, the asanas that inspire you, the creativity that you employ, the energy and intentions that you share. It is a great thing that there are so many different teachers because it allows students to experience and find a teacher that fits their needs and style. As Merel (founder of Parimukti) puts it: the more teachers the better! Competition should not be an issue in the Yogic world – the more people that can start practicing and experiencing yoga, the better the world will be.

Certification

When I came home after Parimukti, I needed some days to frame my own life again. After one month of intense training during which you hardly think about what to do next, it is a nice challenge to pick up your own pace of life again. The challenge is to not go back to your ‘old’ habits, but to start living in a more harmonious way: with self-practice, reflection and more presence in your life. Self-practice is key, and at the same time one of the most difficult things to do. It requires discipline but it gives you freedom, peace of mind and a relaxed body.

So what’s next? Parimukti really challenges you to start teaching, and gives you the tools and the confidence to go do it. My first class starts next week, teaching friends and keeping my practice of teaching flowing. There are so many opportunities in the world of yoga that I am sure new things will be on my path. And the steep learning curves continuous – that I am sure of! Parimukti has really added a lot of value in my life and has given me a head start in my yogic journey, not only for myself but hopefully for others as well – who might be inspired, happy or become more present in my class.


Merel Martens

Merel is the founder of Parimukti Yoga & Meditation Center aiming to spread the beauty and benefits of yoga with everyone. For Merel, Yoga is awareness, both on the mat and in everyday life. Classes and teachings serve as an inspiration when stepping into daily life.

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