Sunday
Jan292012

The Hippy is Out

This week I've seen my self from outside my body during Yoga Nidra. I've had the most beautiful and powerful experience having my chackras healed. I've discussed energies, chackras, Ayahuascha and Samadhi. And I've loved every minute of it. I've also been encouraged to drink a liter of water on an empty stomach, jump around a bit and then puke it back up again. Some yoga practices are more comfortable then others...

Roll on week four.

Now if you'll excuse me I think I'm going to go and hug a tree...

Wednesday
Jan182012

Teacher Training Points

So I thought I was going to be able to write exciting blog posts about my experiences during teacher training. I thought I could let you follow my progress and the deepening of my practice, but I guess I didn't consider the fact that with 11 hours of yoga and lectures + self study a day and one day off a week there isn't really time for blogging.

This post is going to serve as a reminder for myself to blog about or just to remember:

How amazing Goa is and how good it feels to get to know an area by staying there for five weeks.

How right the teacher training course is for me as it is based on Asthanga Vinyasa but incorporates other traditions and modifications and as it has a strong spiritual foundation and focuses on all 8 limbs of Asthanga Yoga.

That I taught my first 30 minutes of yoga one week into the course and was assessed on it - and actually enjoyed it.

How the food is alive and every day is started with a green smoothie and a fruit salad and how this inspires me to eat more raw food - but how curries and naan keep sneaking into my diet. It is India after all.

How goddamn beautiful Sanskrit is but how hard it is to learn. Take Trianganmukha ika pada paschimottasana. That is just one pose...(!)

How beautiful the morning is in silence, but how good it feels to be able to chat after spending the first 5 hours of the day without saying a word.

How good my organs feel with a regular and pretty intense daily pranayama practice.

How sweet all the other yogis are and how the group energy gets us through the day. And how if not through yoga I would never have met a Canadian sherif, a beauty parlor owner from Scotland and a nurse from New York.

How the anatomy classes gross me out as I am shown what I'm actually doing to my bones and my spine during asana. No more forcing the knees into full lotus!

How challenging it is to enter the shala before sunrise and leave it after sunset only to come out for a couple of hours in the middle of the day - while being in amazing Goa none the less.

How brilliant it is to drink your coconut water straight out of the coconut after class in stead of getting it out of a carton.

How there's nowhere I'd rather be right now (although it would be nice to have my better half still here with me). And how I am turning in to a right hippie who will om, chant and sing - without batting an eyelid.

Tuesday
Dec272011

Yoga Teacher Training

Those of you who know me well know that I’ve been going on about yoga teacher training for a while now. Going to India in April 2011 to study at a teacher training school for a couple of weeks didn’t shut me up. The stay at Rishikesh Yog Peeth gave me a taste of ashram life and of intensive yoga training and it was really rewarding.

It is of course possible to do teacher training here in Copenhagen but seeing as my goal is actually not to become a toga teacher (not primarily anyway), but to deepen my own practice and gain a deeper understanding about the anatomy and philosophy behind yoga, and seeing as I love India, my dream is to go to a yoga school in India.

Now, out of the blue, the possibility to prolong an already planned holiday in Goa just emerged. And on Christmas morning I was told that I got the last spot on an Asthanga Yoga Teacher Training Course in Goa that I’ve had my eyes on since 2010 when I started dreaming about doing the training. So I’m actually going to do it!

It’s going to be tough. It already is. The students are asked to do an hour of asana every day four weeks prior to the course – or at the very least 12 suryanamaskara (sun salutations). I haven’t been on the mat so much recently (to put it mildly) so I’m putting myself through my own little yoga boot camp trying to fit a month’s practice into two weeks… Ouch.

Can’t wait to go.

Monday
Dec262011

The Little Book of Hindu Deities

 

This little book was under the Christmas tree for me this Christmas so I’ve spent some relaxing hours on the sofa learning about the Hindu Gods. Isn’t it pretty? There’s a page for every God or Goddess and a beautiful illustration. I’ve got a translation of the Baghavad Gita that will tell you all about the Hindu Gods and their meaning but The Little Book of Hindu Deities will tell you that Kali is a bit goth and that Sarasvati is hard to get (unless you play back up sitar) – and you don’t get that from the Gita.

Check out some of the pictures here:

Tuesday
Aug162011

Yoga Manifest

After reading this quite ridiculous dispute between Bikram Yoga Manhatten and Yoga to the People at Yogadork (Apparently Bikram Manhattan closed its doors at the Penn Station location and pretty much blamed YTTP for stealing their clientele), I came across this yoga manifest from Yoga to the People.

 

I like it. Especially the No glorified teachers. No ego, no script, no pedestal. It makes me want to open my own yoga studio just to come up with a cool manifesto.

Do read the full article at Yogadork and see if you agree with Bikram or if you - like me - think that his fingers are a little too sticky :)