My Yoga Journal

So, after all these years I have finally embarked on my yoga teacher training journey. Ever since I got my first yoga book (Sivananda) I had looked into training as a yoga teacher, mainly for the 1 month full immersion into yoga, not so much because I wanted to be a teacher. And 20 years went by before I finally ‘allowed’ myself this ‘personal indulgence’! Not as a 1 month intensive, but as a 10 month training in London.

One weekend a month is totally dedicated to this and what a treat it is! It’s like going on a retreat each month!

I missed the first 2 months as I couldn’t get myself away from my beloved horses in Greece, but learned a lot of new stuff on my first weekend with Dina Cohen. I discovered the bliss of Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga.

Yin Yoga definition according to Wikipedia

Yin yoga

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with postures or asanas that are held for comparatively long periods of time–five minutes or longer per pose is typical.[1] It was founded and first taught in the United States in the late 1970s by martial arts expert and Taoist yoga teacher Paulie Zink.[2][3][4]
Yin Yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues—the tendons, fascia, and ligaments—with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility. Yin Yoga poses are also designed to improve the flow of qi, the subtle energy said in Chinese medicine to run through the meridian pathways of the body. Improved flow of qi is hypothesized to improve organ health, immunity, and emotional well-being.[6][7] ENDS

I had once tried a Yin Yoga class and thought, ah this is cosy, but didn’t really get the full  potential of its benefits until the teacher training weekend. It’s actually not cosy, it’s very deep, and I thought, ah no, I hate holding poses for long, but … what was really interesting was to notice my emotions. I had a couple of very clear insights while lying in a pose, one on the right side, and a complementary one when turning over to the left side – both to do with deep self respect and money.

I would interpret what happened there as follows: the body reacts  to certain experiences (painful, unpleasant ones) with tensing up, as a kind of protection against feeling the emotional pain. In Yin Yoga we go deep into a position for a long time, and we open and release these tensions, thus also freeing the emotions held in there … which can be very emotional but it also gives us a chance to realise, learn and let go, and hence progress and be free – of muscular and emotional tensions! Wonderful, I’d say!

I get emotional and very happy and excited and I am so grateful to be on this course, to dive into all these wonderful possibilities offered by Yoga, to live an eternally youthful, happy and healthy life and to be able to teach this to people!

OM Shanti



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