I always feel as though I am waking up from a long slumber at this time of year. A bit drowsy and fuggy headed, but knowing that more is yet to come. It is good that I’m feeling more awake as I have a lot on! Not only with the 8 Week Mindfulness course starting end of April and another Day Retreat in June, but also with own studying and development.
I am taking an online History of Yoga course with Yogacampus and this has proved interesting in showing how yoga developed, changed and aggregated over hundreds and thousands of years. There is a tendency in yoga for teachers and students to be very rigid about what yoga is, and what makes a yoga pose; whereas actually history shows us a wide range of practices and traditions and philosophies. Underneath it all is still the same goal of yoga: liberation. Freedom from our stories and conditioning, freedom to fulfill our potential and freedom to integrate and connect to ourselves and others.
I also start my advanced teacher training in August with Brahmani Yoga and we have been given a considerable amount of homework to be completed before we meet in the summer. Fortunately, it’s all really interesting! From watching ‘The Story of India’ with Michael Woods on DVD; to reading ‘The Great Work of Your Life’ by Stephen Cope (one of my favourite yoga writers and thinkers) and ‘The Yoga Body’ by Mark Singleton; to watching dissection videos for anatomy!
As you may or may not have realised, I tend to teach in 4-6 week blocks with a theme that runs through that block, and with a similar sequence, adding and taking away and building on as we go. We’re going to start the next 6 week block which is going to include a lot more mindfulness and some interesting moves like tigers and gorillas! Looking forward to seeing you on the mat!