Samma Karuna – YTT – Week 2
How another week has flown by already, I do not know! Everyday is so long yet so short at the same time.
I want to stay here forever, but I’ve already felt like I’ve been here forever. In relation to how long I’ve stayed in places the last 5 months, it practically is.
Today I took the ferry ride to the neighboring island, Koh Samui. It is a 30 minute ride, and I felt like I was on an adventure. It was a mundane chore, and I was SO excited to be going somewhere. I spend 6 days a week over 12 hours a day at yoga camp. Having a morning “off the island” was really great, and it showed me I’m definitely not ready to settle down anywhere yet. Not that any of you would expect that of me at this juncture!
We just had our second test of the training! Everyone gets really stressed out the day before and the day of the exam, but then we get a day off to relax and explore. That one day off is gold. Our bodies and minds get to rest, heal, and get some Vitamin D!
A few things that I have found interesting in the curriculum:
- History of Yoga & 8 Limbs of Yoga: True yogis are intense. While people in the West do yoga to feel better and release stress (myself included), it is really SO much more than this. Back in the day, they didn’t have support, be it medical or otherwise. True Yogis had to figure out how to survive with their bodies, no matter what the ailment or condition. Yoga practices – including pranayama (breathing techniques), asanas (yoga postures), dharana (concentration), and dhyana (meditation) – were born to take care of themselves.
- Chakras: According to yogic tradition, each individual has 7 energy bodies with in them. Learning about energy in general has been strange and interesting. It is new to me, and I am trying to eat everything up I can. One of the older gentlemen taking the course with me says, “I’ll try anything once.” So energy bodies, here I come! My favorite: anahatha (heart) chakra! My classes will be full of heart openers (poses)! Schedule coming soon! Just kidding…kinda.
- Three concepts traditional yogis believe fully: 1) Reality is as it is – quit trying to change/control what you cannot change/control. 2) Reality as at it should be – even when life is shit, the universe/God/mother nature, et al, isn’t wrong and isn’t going to leave you hanging. Evil will never prevail. This is how things should be for now, and everything is changing. 3) Existence loves you and needs you – be you and only you. Not someone or something you are not. And be in THIS moment. Fully.
- Sanskrit: I have learned many words spelled with more letters than contained in the English alphabet in one word than I can count. Okay, maybe just half the letters in the English alphabet. Lets not even get started on the Thai language. That shiz is crazy.
Other awesomeness from Week 2:
- Lots of yummy + healthy food
- Two weeks in to “no sugar”, and I have no desire for it
- My two yogi friends completed their week of no sugar, and they didn’t want to shoot me at the end of it (see waffle pic!)
- I haven’t had anything processed in a few weeks (exception: roasted nuts from 7-11)
- I taught my VERY FIRST yoga class this week!
- I teach a 1.5 hour yoga class TOMORROW!
- The generosity of the students here blows me away, the generosity of the teachers even more so
- Beach time!
- I finally found a bike to rent (see sweet pic with bike basket)
- Sunday sunset storm
Off to class!