Hard work yields result
So the course is coming to its end and we are nearly finished with yoga teacher training. I wasn’t tired in the practice, but on the contrary, very pleased. I have learned loads and many things are starting to make sense. I was struggling with my jump through and was getting a bit frustrated with it. But Ewa pointed out that my drishti ie. gaze was not in the right place and, by changing this, the whole thing made a huge difference. After breakfast we had a led class. I was wondering how it would go but I was pretty much full power, not tired. Furthermore, we had a test which went quite well. It certainly has been an advantage to me that I remember most of the asanas and the count from before. I think many of the girls have had lots of studying to do. I don’t know how they have managed to memorise both the physical asana practice and all the other information. Well done!
Dancing affects the body!
We had the afternoon off which was refreshing. I actually sneaked to the dance floor as my favourite club night happened to be on (its only once a month and I couldn’t make it to the previous one nor will I make it to the next one). I managed to get home early enough but felt the effects in my practice the next morning. Coco went through some of the remaining asanas with me and Daniela during our mysore practice. Very useful information. She was also talking about the vinyasa and breath count. While the ability to retain breath has grown through the breathing exercises it is time for us to start making the vinyasa with the correct count. I had actually thought about this before that I should start paying more attention to this. More challenges ahead but I am pleased with these. The practice will become better with these changes, more flowing.
I have actually really enjoyed the breathing exercises. The difference is huge. You feel like you havent used your lungs before. In Sama Vritti exercise we control the breath and try to make the inhalations and exhalations gradually longer. In Pranayama we retain the breath as long as possible, both after exhaling our lungs empty and when we still have air in the lungs. I was able to retain the breath for one minute in the latter way. Amazing how your body can adapt and improve. Breathing exercises work like meditation as well. You need to concentrate on the breath and be in the moment. Very good practice for anyone who wishes to have a break during a hectic day. Just stop for a moment and pay attention to your breath. It gives you a sense of calmness and tranquility.