Yoga teacher training gives the student the unique opportunity to become in sync with a group of people. The energy of the class can be powerful and help elevate the practice to a higher level. I clearly remember the feeling of disconnection during my first class back from kripalu yoga teacher training. Time passed, I found connection with the students I teach, and sometimes the people who regularly take class in the studio where I practice. Jenna Hussey used to say at the end of every class, " Its really you, you bring it, you make it happen." The studio where I attend can be a crowded experience with everyone jockeying for a few inches of space. Once we've settled in and get going, things usually move along and we all have a nice practice. But every once in a while when your in the right place at the right time it's magic. Saturday the students to my left and right really made it happen. To my left was a woman whose perfect breathing rhythm allowed me to breath fully and in synch with the movement of the practice. To my right was a woman who through her relaxation filled every asana to its full capacity. Her ability to enjoy and let go allowed me to do the same. I experienced a complete class and left feeling connected and satisfied. Thank you to the two lovely ladies in class who made it happen, your gift did not go unnoticed.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
- Get massages ( as prevention to muscle injury and relief from overstretched achy muscles)
- I liked the tiger balm pain relieving patch for achy muscles but anything similar can be really helpful.
- Drink twice the water you normally would every day. ( it will help flush the toxins out of your system and keep your joints fluid)
- Go on a vitamin regime I used C, D and E ( talk to your holistic practitioner in the health food store) you will need this as a lot of toxins are flushing from your system and you are using more than the usual amount of minerals. Things tend to get a little depleted.
- At least once in the practice there is something that really hurts. Do get it checked out but usually it's an old injury coming to the surface. By the end of someones training the injury usually is gone and never comes back.
- Pace yourself. Listen to your body.
- Go for an acupuncture treatment when possible
- Eat mindfully and holistically
- If you can get in a sauna or hot tub, do this as often as possible for your muscles ( I did every day in my first training)
- Yoga teacher training can bring a lot of emotions to the surface. This is part of the process and should be viewed from a non judgemental point of view.
- Expect an extraordinary amount of conversation concerning bowels and gastrointestinal issues. one word, Metamucil.
- Coconut water is an excellent replacement for potassium and minerals.
I tried a google search but only found training schedules, prerequisite readings or articles on making a living as a full time yoga teacher. I couldn't find any suggestions for surviving the actual training. I'm surprised, surely someone would have advice for the yogi in training?
I would love to hear from you, what advice can you give my friend, or others embarking on this experience?
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments,
embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.
- John Boswell