Happy Thursday everyone!
I can’t believe I’ve been here for almost 2 weeks. The time is absolutely flying by- I have so much I want to share that when I sit down in front of my laptop, my brain starts motoring through everything and I end up at a loss of what to write. A couple of times that’s happened and I just ended up closing my laptop and going to the beach. There will definitely be many, many posts about different things I’ve been learning while here after I’m back home (and I’ll even be able to add pictures then!).
I thought for today, rather than putting pressure on myself to give you guys a great post, I’d just provide a bit of a check in for where I’m at. Let’s call it having a smoothie and coffee date (as that’s what I’m sipping on as I type). So here are some of my thoughts right now:
- I finally set my intention for the training. On the first day, our pictures were taken and put up on a wall. We were asked to fill in our names, where we were from, and our intention for the training. It took me until this Tuesday to decide what my intention was. We were doing a conscious listening exercise when I was able to set it. Conscious listening is when you listen to another person, without interjecting anything, and at the end respond with “So what I heard you say was….” and repeat back to them what you heard. It’s great to do because ultimately we all just want to be heard. And this makes a person feel so heard. It’s great for a yoga teacher because you want to ensure you’re listening to your students and hearing what they have to say (specifically about a potential injury, or a question about a pose). It’s very easy to just interject, “I know exactly how you feel” or even worse “That happened to me as well. <Insert unsolicited advice here>”. Anyways- so while doing this exercise, I was discussing with my partner my tendencies about needing to be perfect (which I am planning an entire post about) and how hard on myself I can be. When she was repeating back what she had heard me say, she said something that really resonated with me, that I hadn’t even realized I had said, and I decided in that moment that was my intention. Therefore, my intention was born. My intention is: To embrace my imperfections and find the beauty in them.
- I have to keep reminding myself that I won’t be teaching yoga when I come home. With so much practice teaching, I find myself thinking of things that I would say to a yoga class while in shavasana, or sequences I would take my class with. It’s wonderful to dream, but when I remember that I’m moving to Europe for accounting, and won’t be teaching- it always makes me a little sad to come back to reality.
- My own practice is becoming so much stronger. With going through each pose in such specific detail, I find myself in my own practice remembering certain cues I’ve learnt, and self-correcting my own poses. Who knew tadasana (mountain pose) had so much to think about? When we go over it, we go through the entire body. Rooting the feet, engaging the legs, finding a neutral pelvis, long spine, shoulders down, arms heavy, shoulders back so heart is forward and crown of the head feeling light. Everytime I do mountain pose now, I go through the checklist. And that’s just a pose where you’re standing! Warrior 2 keeps my brain even busier.
- Every body is different. Yes- I realize I should have known this before but in training, it really becomes obvious. Every day we have different partners, and so I’m really noticing the difference in people’s bodies. I’ve always felt like I look like a newbie when I do yoga because I have tight hamstrings- which affects a lot of bends. However, yesterday my partner pointed out that I can twist my spine further than anyone she’s ever seen before. That’s just something I take for granted. It was a light bulb moment for me- I did nothing to have that flexibility in my spine. It’s just the way my body is built. Similarily, my body is built with tight hamstrings. In the end- it doesn’t matter. Am I feeling a stretch? Yes? Than that’s all that matters. This training really focuses on taking the aesthetics of yoga out of the equation. Who cares if you look like the woman on the cover of Yoga Journal? Let’s bring it inwards.
- I hate Sanskrit. Each day we learn a little more, and we chant the poses in Sanskrit. And there are some serious mouthfuls! Do you know the Sanskrit words for downward dog? It’s Ardho Mukha Svanasana. That is a serious mouthful! Now- try chanting it! It’s definitely my least favourite part of the day. However, conversely- I’m loving learning the Yoga Sutras (which we are also learning in Sanskrit). We’re covering one a week (I believe there about 150, but we’re only covering the first 4 in this training). I will be doing an entire post about these- because they’re beautiful.
- I love being close to the ocean. I am such a water person. I try and go in everyday- and I actually notice a difference when I don’t make it in. I laugh so hard as the waves knock me over. A few of us have started playing “Over/Under”. All it is, is when you see a wave coming at you, someone decides whether you try and jump over it, or dive in the water and go under it. Then everyone else follows suit. There have been a few hilarious fails (the waves here are pretty big so sometimes when you try and jump over it, you just end up being slapped in the face with the wave).
- I am officially acclimatized to Costa Rica temperature. I woke up this morning and thought to myself, “Wow- it’s really cold out there this morning! Better grab a sweater.” I was skyping with Mark and telling him how it was cold here today, and how weird I thought that was. He told me to check the weather- it was 26 degrees (Celsius). I’m usually in shorts and a tank at that weather. I might freeze when I get home again.
That’s all for now guys. So much more is happening but I need to finish up my smoothie and head up towards the studio for the afternoon class. Have a great rest of your day and weekend! I’m always interested in hearing what’s happening with you- so grab a smoothie and coffee and update me