A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions. [Unknown]
It’s been a big week – the end of the second week already! We are all feeling the pain mentally and physically. Thank goodness it’s a day off today. My body is aching from the inside out and my sympathetic nervous system is feeling hammered. Normally I can call on some extra strength, especially with all the physical stuff, but not at the moment. I go into a pose but there is no more strength my body can give. Find myself falling asleep everywhere! So, I am being gentle with myself today and am heading out for a massage which I am soooooooooo looking forward to.
It’s not just the physical stuff that’s taxing. It’s been a week of lots of theory – anatomy, philosophy and alignment, Just when the head space is chock-a-block, we are placed into groups to practice our teaching, and get this, part of teaching practice is instructing us to speak from our belly, not from our throats, and yes. there is a difference! To do this we had to repeat the words, ‘Hurry Helen hide the ham’ while pressing and pulsing the belly in and out as we spoke. Try it! Gosh it was hard. I struggled as it is at my Sacral chakra, where I have stored a lot of emotional baggage. Our teacher had me sound out ‘oooooo’ louder and louder and then yell from my belly. Oh boy – did that hit the spot – and yes, I cried again! Still peeling back those layers. Yay!
On Sunday we spent a few hours with a star of the yoga world – Meghan Currie – check her out at www.meghancurrieyoga.com – she is incredibly inspiring!
We also had a ‘Kiritan’ evening’ last night, this is a night of drums, guitars and one other instrument which is like a mini piano that requires air. There is lots of chanting which I love. The Kiritan lasts for approximately 1 – 1.5 hrs. So many new experiences this week – I’m in love with every one of them.
We had the privilege of different yoga teachers throughout the week. Each one is different with so much knowledge to share – my creative juices are ignited and flowing. Talking of creative juices reminds which me of a quote I have shared before in my classes. ‘My mat is my canvas and yoga is my art.’ So go and create, all of you! Until my next blog … Ooom and Namaste