Sivasana or Corpse Pose is the perfect relaxation for me - and boy do I need it!
I started my Teacher Training Course this week, and it earns its label as intensive. After only a few days of classes, I now understand the challenge of the course. Somehow I thought it might be easier for me since I am familiar with the routine after being here for 6 months.
It is easier for me than for newbies, who just arrived for the first time to the Ashram. But, my gauge of easy or difficult is not as a comparison to other people, but rather a measure of how difficult I am personally finding the course.
The material is good and very interesting to me - lots of it, but that I expected, and am able to absorb pretty well. Plus, I plan to use my free time reading and learning from the resource texts, which will even better prepare me for classes.
Sitting in a cross legged yoga position for just shy of 8 hours on the first and second days was a major challenge for me. Exhausted, sleep came easy, but waking each night in the middle of the night with aches and pains as I rolled over has not been fun. And of course, a bathroom trip then ends up as part of the disrupted sleep.
There were breaks between classes, but the total hours in yoga seated position was 8 hours. On the third day, I chose to sit in a chair for 3 hours of class. My lower back, hips and right knee just couldn't handle the long hours of that type of sitting.
Many of the younger students in my class are faring much better on the achy side of things, but they are struggling with the early morning rise and overall non stop schedule. So, we each have our challenges to overcome. It is part of the transformative process, I realize, but it is tough nonetheless.
The teachers are excellent, and the content is delivered in interesting ways with lots of story telling interspersed with practical and theoretical knowledge. We have daily homework, but it isn't too time consuming.
Our asana teachers believe that we should discipline ourselves to get to the beach each day. They are big believers of the therapeutic benefits of the ocean waters here.
I did get in the water for 10 minutes on the first day, but I've chosen to get some work done and to do a bit of laundry instead of the beach on the other days. Today, this blog writing prevented me from getting in ocean time:) I need to work on this discipline. Maybe tomorrow, as it is a day of study and a lighter schedule.
The asana class in the morning is my favorite part of the day, as my body is stretched and relaxed and energized - amazing what a yoga class can do. I feel great after the class!
We will begin partner teaching already in the first week, and I am excited about that too.
Since much of our learning has been introductory in the meditation, Baghdad Gita, philosophy, and chanting classes, I want to share a few things indirectly related to my teacher training course.
Since I've been here, I learned that Ayurveda is not a sister science of Yoga as many say, but actually, classically has always been an integral part of yoga.
Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest, holistic healing systems that has at its core, the belief that good health requires a delicate balance of mind, body and spirit. Ayurvedic principles govern the foods, eating patterns, sleeping and digestive patterns plus provide concrete tools for health in the form of medicinal herbs and supplements.
Classical yogis follow Ayurvedic guidelines and treatments.
In this study of living an Ayurvedic-Yogic lifestyle, yogis say that we need all the 5 points of yoga.
We're learning about each of the points in my yoga Teacher Training Course.
Proper Exercise (Asanas)
Proper Breathing (Pranayama)
Proper Relaxation (Savasana)
Proper Diet (Satvic and Vegetarian)
Proper Thinking and Meditation
I will have much more to share in the coming weeks about the Teacher Training Course. I'm off to class right now and for the next four hours before dinner.
As I write this, I'm sore and tired, but loving it so far!
Sending You Love from the Bahamas,🌞
Thank you for taking this journey with me!
If you haven't signed up for the blog post updates, please do.
I also welcome you to leave a comment below or post one on my BestYOU facebook page.
Sharing your thoughts is a gift to all of us!