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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 Patanjalim 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
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