Anxious at the thought of not having a job I decided it was time for a change. I had joked about F***ing off to a yoga retreat many times never did I think I would actually do it never mind go on a yoga teacher training intensive course.
I have a friend I met a few Christmases ago in Australia, Emily, who is currently in Goa, India working at a yoga village. I decided to chat with her about what she was doing out there knowing she previously went there to India to train. She told me about this place she is working at, Earth Yoga Village www.earthyogavillage.com and explained how they have a Yoga Teacher Training course. Now I'm not your stereotypical slim, bendy, yoga enthusiast. I cant even touch my toes! But I'm passionate about yoga and would love to be a yoga teacher doing something fun and good for my heath (bonus). Emily told me the course is tough, intense, and that every day she was feeling something different but also said she is usually quick to give up on things but with this she actually stuck at it. She assured me that tight hamstrings will not hold me back and next thing I knew I'd applied for my Indian visa. What have I gotten myself into?!
With my visa accepted in about 12 hours I booked my flights and my space on the course. I had to act fast as the next course started in 5 days!
I will be spending the next 4 weeks learning Hatha Vinyasa Flow Yoga and how to teach it.
The Schedule looks a little like this:
06:00 - Wake up call
06:30 - 07:30 - Kriya/Pranayama/Meditation
07:30 -07:45 - Tea Break
07:45 - 8:30 - Morning circle
08:30 - 10:00 - Ansana
10:00 - 11:00 - Breakfast
11:00 - 13:00 - Adjustment Alignment & Art of teaching
13:15 - 14:45 - Lunch/Free time
14:45 - 17:00 - Yoga Philosophy & Anatomy
17:00 - 18:30 - Asana/clinics/practicum/group work
18:30 - 19:30 - Dinner
19:30 -20:30 - Evening Program ( Optional )
20:30 - 22.00 - Self studies
22:00 - Lights out
Saturday is our one day off a week.
Requirements"A high degree of self-motivation is required for all aspects of the course. Basic knowledge of yoga postures and philosophy is helpful but not essential. A sincere desire to learn and open mind to the teachings of yoga is required. Self-discipline is required during the course as it is physically, mentally and spiritually demanding and also highly rewarding!"
I'm so excited for this challenge! Let's do this!