Hello there beautiful people,
I survived Herbsmüdigkeit, skipped most of January’s winter and ventured into one of the best experiences I’ve had so far in my life – a Yoga teacher certification course.
It was amazing, exhausting, mind-blowing, all of it at once – 200 hours (probably more, at least it felt like more) within 4 weeks of yoga from all points of view. From asana, Pranayama, meditation, philosophy to anatomy, teaching practice and teaching methodology. It was yoga yoga yoga from 6:30am to sometimes 8:30pm. It wasn’t easy, but I loved it and wouldn’t have had it any other way.
I also got to meet a bunch of super fun and beautiful souls along the way. Spending so much time together talking about the true meaning of yoga and about the mind, the body and the soul made us all very vulnerable and at the same time very cozy with each other. I made really good friends from all over the world and I’m already looking forward to meeting a couple of them in London soon.
What was the biggest wow moment?
Learning how what we do on the mat is just tiny little part of the whole concept of Yoga. I knew already that the word Yoga means Union, to unite, but that was it. These 4 weeks made me understand what it is exactly that Yoga is meant to unite – ourselves with the big picture. To transcend the “he said, she said” drama and suffering of every day and see the big picture, see what we really are all about. We are so much more than our egos, our painful experiences and the baggage that we carry, and Yoga is here to help us figure that out.
Yoga is not a sport, nor a religion, nor a philosophical doctrine, and is definitely not mystical. Yoga is just wisdom. Wisdom of life. It’s pretty much a manual to live a really, really good life.
The importance of the breath
Another wow moment was learning how important it is to breathe and what it actually means to breathe correctly.
Most of us breathe using only a small part of lung capacity. This shallow breathing we practice deprives our body from oxygen and energy (Prana) that is so essential for good health. It also affects the state of our mind (because of course everything is connected!) – breathing long and deeply calms our minds and relaxes our body (if you disagree just remember me next time you catch yourself sighing).
According to Yoga, breathing is also considered to be the bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind. By learning to control your breathing (something that you normally do unconsciously) through the practice of Pranayama, you can also learn to channel any trapped, negative energy in your body and mind into positive thoughts and activities – releasing any stress or negative mental patterns.
Bringing Yoga back home
The real challenge, and I suppose the real Yoga lesson, is to bring all of this knowledge and habits back to our daily lives. It is easy to maintain a yoga practice when you don’t have to go to work, cook, do laundry, spend quality time with your loved ones, etc., etc. All I had to focus on while at the course was Yoga. Being back home, back to reality, well, it is not as easy anymore. But I’m not giving up and I’m doing my best to continue following this amazing guide to living called Yoga and I look forward to sharing more of this knowledge with you!