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
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!