I recently went to Bali for 30 days. I went to do a yoga teacher training course. It was totally not what I expected!
For many years I have wanted to train to become a yoga teacher. I’ve often gone between different options trying to decide what the best choice would be. I wanted the best possible training as I know that the yoga teacher market is pretty saturated. I decided that I didn’t just want a normal, weekend training close to home. I then stumbled across an advert for yoga teacher training in Bali, and I was sold.
I have always been aware that yoga is not just pretty looking poses and flexible girls. I know that yoga has philosophy and theology, and is essentially a way of life. I decided that by jetting off to Bali, I would be able to immerse myself in the yogic way of life and that that was probably the best way of learning how to live and teach yoga.
Looking back, I can honestly say that I was totally not ready for what I was in for. Not only did the two hours of yoga absolutely exhaust me, but we also took part in a half hour meditation practice and a half hour pranayama practice each morning. We also had many hours of lectures daily, learning the yoga poses, anatomy and the yogic philosophy and history. The days were very tiring and seemed endless. By the second week, I was crying to come home!
Not only was the experience physically and mentally challenging, but the teachers would push us emotionally as well. We delved deep into our lives, what our purpose is, where we are headed, our fears, our authentic happiness. We had sharing circles where we shared many tears. We laughed together and formed bonds with people who we will now never forget. We became a family in a foreign place where we didn’t know the schedule and we forced to give up our control – surrender to the process.
I can really truly say that this was the most life-changing experience I have ever had. I thought that I knew myself, that I had worked through past traumas and anxieties. The reality is that you do not know what you do not know! Our minds and bodies protect us from our own pain as much as possible. Eventually the fear exhibits in physical injury – for example, hip pain. We then make excuses and say that we have overworked it, or that “it is this cold weather!”. It is amazing how we protect ourselves from seeing the truth! Every physical symptom is an expression of an underlying, unresolved emotion or need. It takes a lot of self-awareness to discover what darkness we have within us.
I am far from the end of my self-discovery journey, but I am grateful to have started down the path. I am now a yoga teacher, and I am excited to share my knowledge. Yoga emphasizes balance in one’s life, and we all need a little bit more of that.
I am grateful to Samasti Yoga school for the incredible teaching and experience that I received. I would definitely recommend this training to anyone looking to dive a little deeper into who they are, what their purpose is, and how to live an authentically happy life.
I look forward to sharing more of what I have learnt on this blog.
Lots of light and love xx