Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Yoga Changes You

Today, I completed my first ever Yoga workshop. It’s a 15-hour Teacher Training session in preparation for the 200-hour Teacher Training for aspiring Yoga teachers or for yogis who just want to deepen their practice. The workshop highlighted the basics of the Yoga TT. From asana poses to Science of Yoga, anatomy, philosophy, chakras, sutras and a lot more. It was a full weekend. My muscles are burning and my soul is overflowing with happiness and gratitude. I was so lucky to have met wonderful people who shared their time and energy to teach and learn yoga.  

Teacher Training Intensive Program, Urban Ashram Manila

I noticed how my perspective changed after all the lectures and talks. I have progress a lot with my own practice as well, I have gone deeper into my asana poses. I hope I can sustain this lifestyle because I noticed how I’ve become a better person out of it. I made a decision to teach yoga. I’ll give a year to master all the difficult poses and the poses I’m afraid to take like the pincha maruyasana (forearm balance) and then I promise to teach and share the positive energy as well to those who needs it and want to practice yoga as well. 

Joan supporting students who are afraid to go upside down.
Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)

The workshop is sponsored by Urban Ashram and conducted by Yoga Works’ very own, Joan Hyman. This workshop made me obsessed with pelvis alignment and made me confident in doing my headstands and handstands. I'm still working on my pincha mayurasana. Damn, it was harder than I expected.

Joan prepping us for our headstand.

I’ve wanted to go to TT since last year but I always find reasons to delay it. Joan served as my inspiration to continue and pursue my dreams. Her story is very inspiring, she teaches very well, she’s very passionate about what she does and she touches the lives of her students. In yoga, you need to have a permanent teacher who will guide, help and inspire you. If only I live in the US, I would have picked her. Her students are very lucky.
Bakasana (Crow Pose)
Virabhadrasana II (Warrior 2)
"Atha Yoga Anushasanam", I will start living this sutra to be able to achieve my "dharma" and "moksha". 

Namaste. Om.......

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