Catching up on the last few days….Day 8 new girl joined our TTC – Maricha, or Maricha, i’m not quite sure how that’s spelt, but she’s from Paris, France. We also practiced jumping forward in downward dog – i really want to be able to jump thru with control…against the wall i can now jump, hover a little in the air, and then come up in handstand, but only with the wall behind me for now…gotta get rid of that wall! By practicing the exercises given to us by Kamal to strengthen the arms and shoulders, i’m sure that by the end of the TTC we’ll be able to do much more than when we started! (i hope!)…gotta keep practicing with AWARENESS, FOCUS & DETERMINATION!
Day 9 was a Saturday, and hence the last day of week that we had to wake up at 5.30am! We have Sunday off you see 🙂 trying to breathe longer, instead of 5breaths, trying to do 10, but having to add in more full vinyasas to keep my temp up. Adjustments that we’re learning are awesome, i mean you really put your whole body into it – in Kamal’s case, even his head! Tried walking meditation for the first time in my life – walking with awareness…it was tiring and confusing at first, but then i got the hang of it…at the end the soles of my feet were tingling, they were fully active and alive!!! On Saturday i was also given my teaching date: i will be teaching the beginner’s lunch class on Thursday! Yikes! So prepped my lesson plan – better be ready for it!
On Sunday, Day 10 – we had our silent walk up to a temple – i forgot the name now – took about 3-4hrs, more like 4 actually, we headed out at 8.30am and walked uphill for most of it – there were monkeys – so cute! I uploaded a pic yesterday…i’ll add a couple more today. After reaching the top, we had lunch, India Thali which is lovley – a dish made up of different things, so there’s rice and chappati in the middle, and all around different things you can eat the rice with. To come down, some of us walked, but some of us took a taxi to Lakshman Jhula to go shopping! And that’s what i did 😉 got myself a few little things, i def need to go back! Lakshman Jhula is way more touristy, it’s got lots of little terrace cafe’s overlooking the ganga, really feels like Kaosarn road, well how it used to be before it became so modern. For dinner we had vegeterian sushi! and miso soup – YUM! I mustn’t forget to tell you that whilst in Lakshman Jhula we visited the Yogananda Kriya Yoga Ashram – we went for the Arthi, but left before the meditation started – the whole thing lasts from 6.30-8.30pm – Miyuki & i have decided to go back this Sunday for the whole thing!
And this brings us to Yesterday, Day 11 – which also happened to be a New Moon Day – so we had no Pranayama, no Mysore, no Lecture, only Yoga Nidra and Adjustments as well as practicing teaching the sequence. I taught my lesson plan to Yui and Miyuki – i made some tweaks and now i gotta go thru it again, teach it one more time to make sure it’s all ok…and the times work. I had a weird dream too – that i was marrying Prince Harry, but at the end it turned out he was gay! Had lunch at Tip Top with Miyuki – i had Islraeli food, falafel with hummous, salad & chips! Which i never eat, but tasted sooooo good! 😛
So we are now up to date! Today i’m feeling extremely tired…i’m taking it easy, and will make sure to go to bed before 11, like at 10pm…it’s all catching up with me, my body is feeling it…getting really tired now. I’ll be off to Yoga Nidra now…but before i go, here’s a few more snaps i took in Lakshman Jhula:
Sunset whilst crossing the bridge, Lakshman Jhula.
Shop window in Lakshman Jhula.
Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops.
In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga.
After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa.
In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher.
Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.