Last week-end, the first one of my yoga teacher training, Tamal said that we need to take at least 3 classes per week, and keep a kind of journal, with all the observations and comments about how the teacher was actually teaching the class, the theme of it….
I’m in LA one of the best (if not the best) city in the West for Yoga, and there are so many great teachers in this town that I’ve decided to take their class, to learn from the best!
It all started on Sunday night, after the training with a well deserved Yin yoga class, by Amy at Yoga Salt (www.yogasalt.com) What is Yin yoga: Yin yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga with poses, or asanas, that are held for longer periods of time—five minutes or longer per pose is typical. (Source: Wikipedia). It really helps to open your body and relax. And, oh boy, Amy knows how to let you go deeper in the pose and relax. She even gives you massage while you’re holding it. It’s pure bliss!
And then I discovered that the world famous Shiva Rea was in town. I already took a class with her last year, and enjoyed it, so I’ve decided to take every class she was teaching during the week. Who is Shiva Rea: She is the founder of Prana Vinyasa Flow Yoga, an energetic, creative, full-spectrum approach to embodying the flow of yoga, and she is just amazing. Her classes are unique. Breating and moving are the key of her class, which is great because one of the first thing we learned at the training was how to breathe properly. It’s so important. Well, Shiva takes the breathing to another level and it’s quite amazing. Her classes are very spiritual and intense. I liked it so much that I registered for an other training with her after this one. I told you I want to learn from the best!!
My body might be sore after all those classes but my heart is light, and that’s why I’m happy to start the second week-end of my training!
It is funny how even now As an adult, i feel the same way starting this training as I felt when I was a teenager on a go back to school day.
I look at the other people, trying to figure out which one will become my friends, not sure how to introduce myself or what to tell them.
Tamal is the sweetest guy and an amazing teacher. This guy could easily be an actor. He knows how to entertain a crowd. I was interested by everything he said, including philosophy which was definitely not my cup of tea back in the days.
The first evening went by quite fast, we just introduced ourselves, he gave us books and a mala, explained what was expected from us. I thought we would practice yoga but we didn’t.
I like how we start the classes, holding hands, breathing and chanting OM, and then giving hugs.
The good news is we will have to take some classes from other teachers, and write observations about the way they teach. It’s interesting. They are so many amazing yoga teachers in this town, that it will be a great source of inspiration.
The bad news is we do have homeworks!!! Well not so bad tho, they are quite easy and ineresting, so far. And as my training takes place in LA, i do my homeworks on the beach, and this is priceless!!
Who said you were old at 40? My life is actually starting now. I mean, i did a lot of stuff before,: i had a kid, went to College, graduated in business Law, traveled the world… But something was missing.
Four years ago, my good friend Isabel dragged me to a yoga class and I immediately felt the benefits of it.
At that time I was struggling because my beloved aunt had just been diagnosed with pancreas cancer, and I loved her so much I couldn’t face the fact that I might lose her.
So yoga came in my life just like a benediction.
And here I am now, 4 years later. My aunt is gone, but I’ve found peace. So, I’ve decided to deepen my practice by doing a teacher training.
I chose to follow Tamal Dodge program, I took a few classes with him when he was teaching at Yoga Collective in Venice, Ca, (www.yogacollective.com) and I loved it. He teaches a dynamic kind of yoga: Power vinyasa. He learned from the best and is a great teacher himself. He grew up in an Ashram in Hawaï, so yoga has always been part of his life. I’m really looking forward to it.
When I woke up this morning i opened my computer just to see that I won a yoga challenge on Instagram, it’s nothing important, really, but I took it as a sign: i’m on the right path.
Clock is ticking now, the training starts in 8 hours.