Well it was the end of the first week-end. I must say that I am stimulated, overwhelmed, tired, sore and excited.
We learned so much. Since I am not new to yoga some of the information was repetition but that is great! I love to talk about yoga philosophy as well as history of yoga and there was lots of that today and we are told that there will be more. We are learning so much about the 8 limbs of yoga, which I knew a bit on the surface about but it is so amazing to go more in depth about them. We are also talking more and more about the yamas and the niyamas and I can't wait to delve into that even more. We were told today that we will have to give a presentation on some of the yogic sutras over the next few months. This is something that I have not read much about so am intrigued to find out more - it is basically the yogic teachings and from what I understand is similar but not the same as some of the verses in the bible.
Postures postures postures. I mentioned that I was feeling sore! This is actually from sitting not from doing postures. We do have to sit a fair bit but we also have time to delve into postures or asanas if you will. The sitting actually is starting to hurt my back a little bit. We have covered correct sitting postures but still you can only do something for so many hours before it starts to give you sensation. I actually find that working on the postures is something I look forward to, it stretches out the body, makes it feel good so that the sitting doesn't bother me as much - if that makes sense.
Pranayam - breathing. Breath breath breath. I tell my prenatal students about this all the time. I love to sit and do nothing but breath - this is in fact trying to meditate although not always achieving meditation I try. The three part breath is all about breathing into the belly, the ribs and the chest - something most people never do. I love having a review about this because as a prenatal yoga teacher and prenatal teacher I get a little robotic sometimes in how I teach things so it is nice to have a reminder or suggestions on how to do better. Something I am striving to do all the time. If any of you are reading my blog - all two of you. Then just practice your pranayam a couple of times per day if you can remember, then it will become more automatic.
We got our home work for the week and I must say I am afraid. We have been asked to practice yoga postures every day on our own. This is something that I must admit I do not do. I practice about three times a week and sometimes this is a struggle for me. My first reaction to this request was fear/shock/ oh my god how am I going to do this. Then I thought wait a minute. I can fit this in between running my business, taking care of my kids, taking care of my home and starting another business venture - right...??? I still don't know if I can but I am willing to try. We have also been asked to meditate or try to meditate for about 10 minutes per day. Again this is something that I rarely do. I have three kids and a husband and lots of distractions in my house, but again something that I am willing to try. We also have something like 200 pages of reading to do. Funny this task did not at all scare me, I read all the time. This simply means switching my reading focus from fiction or birth books to yoga - good, bring it on I thought.
I am hoping that through the asana practice and the pranayam practice as well as through the reading that I will notice some slight changes in my body and in my mind over the next couple of weeks. After all that is the goal right!
Here is to another 51/2 months of yoga teacher training. Bring it on!!!!