An amazing final week at the Radiantly Alive Yoga Studio. Yes I graduated! The week started with a photo shoot in and around some amazing spots in Ubud. I can’t wait to share the photos with you and as soon as I get them, I will post them up on my blog.
Tuesday and Wednesday was all about, the practice of teaching, communicating alignment cues and adjustment for anything that was going to enhance our skills for own teaching and to prepare us for exam day. OMG! We got to see ourselves on video teaching the class … and I was shocking, Yes I am my worst critic but I certainly saw room for improvement.
Early to bed ‘exam-eve’ Wednesday – not sure why because the ‘dreaded exam’ nerves kept me awake most the night. And exam day was extremely tense – thankfully our fantastic teachers were able to settle our nerves and reassure us. They told us to have fun and to enjoy ourselves – easier said than done when you’re faced with a two-hour exam!
Friday was graduation day and we started the day with Sadhana (our own 2 hour personal practice). I have been getting some cranial work done on myself and my body is shifting and realigning and it feels a tad uncomfortable at the moment, I am so incredibly tired and my body is fatigued, Fortunately I can press the ‘record’ button on my phone because I keep falling asleep in discussions. Just before we headed off to graduation, the owners of Radiantly Alive, Jasmine and Rafael, spoke to us about the business of yoga. There’s definitely more to running a yoga business than just teaching yoga classes. This was a really fabulous and worthwhile discussion.
Then it was time for graduation. We dressed up in white and were taken to a gorgeous ancient temple. What an incredibly powerful place this was and my body was shaking internally the whole time – and no, not from coffee withdrawals – but because it was a time to let go of some ‘stuff’ again. We all had the opportunity to write a few thoughts, hurts, memories etc on paper – things we no longer wanted in our lives, and then placed these into the fire created just for the ceremony, We sang a mantra as each trainee walked up placed their bit of paper on the fire – it was at this moment we received out certificate of completion. It was a very emotional moment for me and, once again, I shed a few tears. Goodbye ‘Radiantly Alive’. I have loved every moment with you.
Before I go here’s a sneak peek at my new classmates at the ‘Power of Now’. Another fabulous bunch on the next stage of my adventure. More about that soon.