It has been another full and amazing week of ups and downs, but mostly ups.
I taught my first staff yoga class this week, and I loved it! The Vishnu Platform is my favorite place to do and teach yoga - on the bay side of the ocean, it is a peaceful and beautiful space.
I made some mistakes and continued to maintain my composure and confidently lead the class. I made more mistakes and felt skilled enough to hold the energy and space for the class. I felt gratitude throughout the practice that my teacher training had prepared me well for teaching.
I got good feedback after class and surely will make more mistakes over time, but it is ok.
The class was still quite good, and the energy was positive and nurturing. The staff who attended said they'd definitely like to take another class when I teach:) The best feedback!
I look forward to teaching again in a few days - I'm on the schedule!
I also took an Essentials 2 Yoga course taught by master teacher, Rukmini. It was helpful to deepen my practice and also started out each day with a great yoga class. The course was structured to have different themes, and the last day had the focus on relaxation.
We were instructed to do the entire yoga practice from start to finish - 2 hours total - with our eyes closed. It was an incredible experience! I had kept my eyes closed in portions of classes before, but never for the entire class. It was fantastic, and Rukmini's instruction plus adjustments provided to us, made it one of my all-time favorite yoga experiences.
As if all of that were not enough, this week I had the good fortune of getting to spend time with Gopi Kallayil, the Chief Evangelist Brand Marketing for Google. He was one of our speakers, as part of the Symposium on Mindfulness. Gopi's talks were fascinating in their simplicity, and his new book Internet to Inner-Net is on my 'must read' list now.
He started with some simple statistics about the 7.2 billion mobile devices as of February 2015 being greater in number for the first time in history, than the number of people on planet Earth 7.1 billion. He humorously referred to cell phones as "Weapons of Mass Distraction", and he shared about his story of bringing yoga to Google.
Gopi is a Sivananda Bahamas Yoga Teacher Training graduate, just as I now am. He graduated when he was only 19. He brought the yoga to Google by offering to lead a class each week for free to any Google employees interested in joining him. It has been 9 1/2 years, and that class has continued, and he teaches it whenever he is in town and it is still free. Today, there are 38,000 Google employees daily taking yoga classes being offered at the workplace.
Last year, for a large employee conference, 11,600 Google staff were in 1 room doing standing asanas during the Google event. It was the largest indoor gathering of yoga in the U.S. and the 3rd largest in the World. It was held in Las Vegas, of all places. Gopi has definitely influenced and taught many
After completing his TTC, Gopi committed to himself to share yoga with as many people as possible, just as Swami Vishnudevananda, the founder of the Bahamas Ashram, sought to do. The mission was to bring more peace to the world through fostering peace within each individual.
You can read the details in his book, but Gopi shared about his 5 Basic principles, following the footsteps of Swami Vishnudevanada who created the 5 Points of Yoga.
Gopi's 5 Basic Principles:
As Gopi left the Ashram today, he handed me two cards - his corporate Google business card and his other card, which was very impressive to me. His title read, Happy Human, Googler.
I hope that our paths will cross again someday. As we chanted next to each other during satsangs, I felt his good energy. His title is truly fitting, and I am grateful to have met him.
Sending You Love from the Bahamas.
Thank you for taking this journey with me! May you be a Happy Human too!
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