The fact that I am going to India has finally become reality for me. This year has been all about preparing myself for the intensive month-long course to become a certified 200hr Yoga Alliance teacher in Ashtanga and Vinyasa. All the hard work, studying and preparing has made it feel as though the actual trip to India is all in my head. However, now that I am starting to pack my bag and reading about my yoga schedule in Agonda, Goa, it is all becoming very real.
For 6 days a week, rise and shine will be at 6am to head straight into the intensive Ashtanga Primary Series for a couple of hours. This is followed by chanting, pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation for another hour, building up an appetite for breakfast at 10am. Learning about alignment, adjustments and teaching will follow breakfast, before an afternoon break. Classes on philosophy and anatomy make up the afternoon before a Vinyasa Flow yoga class in the early evening. The day will end with either a themed workshop on topics such as headstands and inversions or a posture clinic.
I am hoping that with the days so jam packed, it will keep me busy and not missing home too much. My mind is filled with thoughts of what it will be like out there in India, such a foreign land. I am trying not to build up too much expectation and take each moment as it comes. But there is just so much anticipation within me.
I love yoga thoroughly and there is always so much more to learn. Some people on the course will have been on their yoga journey a lot longer than me, but what I love about yoga is that it is open to all. We can only go forward, there is no point in wishing we knew more, or were better at this or the other, we will get there. Today we are where we are and it is about accepting that.
It is my hope to be able to offer my new found knowledge to the wonderful students that have been coming to my classes.