Well hello again! I’m back from an amazing journey and an exceptionally long hiatus from the blog. There have been a lot of changes recently – lots of research conducted, wedding plans blooming, yoga learning, more research conducted and the list just goes on. I appreciate your patience and I do hope you enjoy reading a little about life lately…
As I posted about a month back, I attended a two week intensive power yoga teacher training program. This was something I had been considering for a bit, and the opportunity to pursue this course landed at my feet at the right time and place. So I joined three other strong, dedicated women and we took an unforgettable journey into life, ourselves and the philosophy of yoga. I emerged rejuvenated and ready to tackle the world with a new, positive outlook. The experience was wonderful and has changed the way I approach both obstacles and blessings.
The days were 12-14 hours long. Sometimes, we would power through hour long yoga classes several times a day (I think one day we did something like 6 hours of yoga). Other time was spent pouring over the Yoga Sutras (essentially, the Bible of yoga) which corresponded to Christian spirituality so well, I was amazed and delighted. Then of course since we are alignment based in nature, we spent a considerable amount of time reviewing bones, muscles and how the poses work these features of the body. This was enlightening to me as a scientist, and I’m so eager to share this aspect with my students.
It’s not that I didn’t have the tools to tackle life before yoga, but after this experience I’m able to place situations into a different perspective – learning to detach from “things”, which doesn’t mean living without “things”, just not letting them define or control me. Learning to accept myself as I come each day, not judging my body or my ability or comparing myself to others. Letting go of ego, letting go of fear and letting go of expectations. Just be. Just being present. Just living in the moment.
I’ve already started teaching at a local studio here in Rincon, as well as established my own practice
to take with me to La Parguera (where I attend school and conduct research, in the south of the island
) and to travel with me home to Texas and elsewhere. Rincon can be a competitive town for yoga – we have three well established studios and several independent yogis – so I’m not looking to compete with anyone here, but will instead focus most of energy into La Parguera since I spend an abundant amount of time there as well.
Soul Blessed Yoga
is my own practice. I feel this represents exactly how I view yoga – something that reaches out to you not to change you, but to enable you to change yourself. Yoga is for everyone – I love this about the practice. It is something you work towards on your mat, and live off your mat. It encourages you to be present every day, not worrying or trying to control life. It’s purpose is to draw you closer to God, with the ultimate goal being complete surrender to God. Sound familiar? The Bible instructs us not to worry, but to put our trust and faith in Him that He will not give us more than we can handle. Fascinating, right? I love how the Bible and yoga truly connect.
I’m bringing a free class to my local church in July, where everyone in the congregation is invited to roll out their mats and enjoy a morning workout to start their weeks. I plan to incorporate a bit of yoga philosophy and how it ties in with scripture. I had a lot of positive reactions and enthusiastic folks approach me after I announced this last Sunday, so I’m hoping my students will enjoy this as much as I do!
And there it is! A small recap of my yoga teacher training. If you ever happen to be in Rincon, I’d love to share this with you.