I had no idea what to expect when I first arrived at Taksu Spa in Ubud for Shades of Yoga teacher training. I knew our group would be smaller than normal (they usually have about 15 students) but I never expected such a intimate group of 5 people. I feel so lucky!
We arrived the first day anxious and excited for the 3 weeks ahead. Our teacher, Unieng, a Balinese native, walked us through what our time here would be like. As someone who likes a schedule, I was happy to know what my days would consist of.
7:20 am: Arrival
7:30-8 am: Meditation (we will get into this in a later post!)
8-8:30 am: Pranayama (breathing)
8:30-9:30 am: Asana
9:30-10:30am: Breakfast (I feel so spoiled by this! They serve everything )
10:30-12:30 pm: Theory
12:30-2:30 pm: Lunch Break
2:30-4 pm: Theory
4-5:30 pm: Asana
Lots of breaks sprinkled in there. Also, there is always coffee, ginger tea (my fav!!) and water available for us.
I love the Asana “movement” part. Unieng is helping us deconstruct our practices and rebuild them with proper form from the ground up. It’s pretty insane what bad habits you pick up when teachers are not looking.
Theory is quite interesting for me too. I was always drawn to the asana part of Yoga and had now idea there were 8 Limbs of the practice. Asana’s main purpose is actually to prepare the body for meditation. We are also learning about anatomy, physiology, and history of yoga which will help us become a well-rounded yoga teacher.
As someone who has never been able to meditate this is the hardest part of the day for me. I sit there and try to make my thoughts go away but end out making “to-do” lists, thinking about everything and anything. We are also instructed to do something called “Noble Silence” every day too which is supposed to help our meditation practice— it’s no looking at cell phones/ computers or talking with anymore before out meditation practice.
I failed at it this week. Every morning I had good intentions and then somehow started looking at my phone and answering texts or emails.
Next week I will try harder….