Even though the course is already a week away from being over, I wanted to take a moment to share a little about my training. I am doing my 200 hour course through Shades of Yoga (www.shadesofyoga). The first week started out with correcting postures and building strength. I thought I was walking into the course in pretty good shape after teaching Zumba and practicing yoga almost daily. While I wasn't completely out of shape there was a lot of improvement to be made and I really needed to increase my strength to hold my poses in correct alignment. The course has focused on core and this is definitely an area I need to strengthen! The second week was spent further improving basic poses and also exploring additional postures including; backbends, hip openers, and inversions. We typically have an hour class to start and end the day with theory, philosophy, and discussion in between. Of course so meditation and breath practice is also included. This week we are upping the anti with an additional hour of asana as my classmates and I practice teaching. Today was the first day of this and although it's taking some getting used to, it felt amazing and I am loving it!
There has also been plenty of svadhyaya. Yep now that I am on a Yoga Teacher Training, I can use all the fancy terms! This means self inquiry or looking inwards towards oneself. I knew this would be part of the course and knew that it would be be the perfect time to do so as I transition into this next era of my life. The training also covered the Yoga of Food where we discussed many different principles of eating healthy according to several different diets. Once again, I thought I ate relatively healthy for the most part before arriving here but still have a lot of improvements to make. I have incorporated many of these modifications to my diet here and can already feel the effects on my body.
All in all I have already made a lot of change both physically and mentally. I feel absolutely wonderful and am in a pretty much constant state of contentment here in Ubud! Life is good looking forward to learning more the last week of training and then off to enjoying some rest and relaxation!
Yoga Room at Taksu Spa