Rishikesh – Half Way!

Crazy but it’s true…we’ve already reached the half way point! Scary stuff…two weeks have just flown by! And it’s even scarier to think that the next two weeks will be even more intense and will pass even faster! Today we had a few tests – had to learn and teach a mantra to the rest of the class, teach a breathing technique to everyone else, and then give a 5min speech about a topic – it could be anything as long as it had to do with yoga.
Over the past few days i’ve been hard at work, learning this mantra, Patanjali’s mantra, an ode to him and it goes something like this:
Yogena Chittasya
Padena Wacham
Malam Charirasya Chaved Ya Kena
Yo Pakkaruttam
Pravaram Monenam
Pranjali Ranatosmi
You gotta hear it being sung by Sunil (our Yoga Theory teacher), he’s got an amazing voice…i recorded it, so if i figure out how, i’ll put the voice recording on here 🙂
A few days ago i assisted my teacher during our 2hr Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga class, and then taught the beginners class…it went well, i hope! We are taking it in turns teaching the beginners class…so i had to prepare my class plan, prepare my 5min speech on the Patanjali’s 8 limbs of yoga: the yamas, the nyamas, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dhyana, dharana, and samadhi…and as breathing technique i demonstrated Uddiayna Bhand.
Another great highlight was touching my head with my toes in scorpion – of course i was being helped/held by my teacher, Kamal Singh. I’m also practicing jumping in downward dog and landing with my legs straight between my hands…oh and another first! It was definitely the week for firsts i must say, i was able to sit thru a whole meditation class – 30mins – without moving my legs ONCE! Pretty amazing stuff! 😉
Tomorrow morning we are waking up at 7.30am – i get 2hrs extra sleep – to meet at 8.30am so that we can do some Kryas…Jala Neti, and 2 others…i can’t remember their names, i just know that one involves vomiting! After all this lovely stuff, Miyuki and I will go shopping in Lakshman Jhula – we’ll go hang out, check out shops, buy some souvenirs and Xmas gifts for family and friends back home, and eat some vegeterian sushi and miso soup! YUMMY!
Anyhoo, it’s 9.35pm and i need to get some beauty sleep since i’m not getting much of that here!
Namaste ,Om Shanti Shanti Shanti _/|\_
* i wanted to upload some more pix, but i’m having issues with the upload! I’ll try again next time x

About ctyoga

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.
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