Last week-end was the second week-end of the training and, oh boy, it was intense!
First I was happy because my very good friend Isabel joined the training, and it has a great signification for me.
4 years ago I was staying with her in LA, she was starting a new job and was a little stressed out. One morning she told me that she needed a yoga class and that we should go when she’d come back from work. I had a few unsuccesfull attempt with yoga classes. The first one was at my gym, i’m kind of a nervous person, and I didn’t know at that time that there were different kinds of yoga. So I just went. We had to breath one nostril at a time (Nadi Shodana), which I found ridiculous, and I came out of the class even more nervous than before!
So my friend had to basically drag me to this class! It was power yoga. I will never be thankfull enough for that! After the class I was feeling so great! Because of Isabel I start practicing yoga so I’m really grateful that she does the training with me.
In our training, Tamal, wants us to know how to teach. So we practice a lot with each other. And that’s how we ended up teaching Surya Namaskara A to the entire class.
When I stepped out of the mat my voice was shaking but I didn’t mess up the breathing part, and that’s great because breathing is one of the most important thing in yoga. If a teacher doesn’t teach you how to breath properly: Run Away!
The other tricky part of that exercice is that the other 27 students will have to teach you too! So we spent 1 hour doing sun salutations! It felt good good, but by the end of the day I was exhausted!
Tonight my week-end 3 starts, and guess what comes after Surya Namaskara A?
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!!