a Look Back at 2012


Happy New Year Everyone!

Just a quick little update…2012 is now over, and as when anything ends, it’s good to reflect and look back at what was, not so that we may move forward, but to learn from mistakes and be thankful and grateful about all the good stuff. So here is my reflection on my 2012….
2012 for me was a year of firsts – starting a new career, living in a different country, teaching yoga (both in english and italian!), and of course with all that inevitably come lots of highs and even more lows…i ask myself whether this is the right path for me? Am i good enough? i can’t help but think these doubts and fears are normal? or at least i hope they are! i have to remind myself that the journey is a long one and its a slow one too…i need constant self reminder to be patient, determined, dedicated and to have faith…even tho sometimes it’s really hard….but i’m still here.
I began teaching once a week at first, and then twice a week in 2 different centers…one of the centers i teach at increased the hours so that i now teach there 3 times a week and they now want me to teach ‘Yoga for Dancers’ – which is obviously great…so watch this space 😉 …however i wouldn’t say i’m teaching ‘full time’ just yet, and this is the goal.
I taught yoga at a 2 events which went ok – not great turn out – but i did gets contacts and students who then came to my Yoga in the Park classes and who now follow me around, some have even joined the studio i teach at…so not all is bad. One of the events is occurring again this year and they’ve asked me if i wanted to teach yoga there again – i will – i mean after all it cant’ hurt right?
and this bring me to the apex of 2012 for me…my 2 month trip to india and the 200hr ashtanga vinyasa TTC i did whilst over there….the course and not to mention india was amazing and exactly what i needed…i met some amazing people, made lots of new friends and practiced with some very talented teachers from whom i learnt a lot…India remains with me in my heart and i will go back as soon as i possibly can, promise. The not so great news is that ashtanga hasn’t left my body unscarred unfortunately…in sept i suffered a knee injury from an ashtanga teacher…i was in marichyasana D and she pushed my knee down with her foot, it still hurts and i’m due to have an MRI scan on Monday, due to this i have had to modify almost everything….the base of my thumb has also started to hurt and to top it all off a few days ago my neck and shoulders started to hurt, they call it ‘cervicale’ here in italy…apparently it’s when you get ‘hit by air’, but i gotta tell you guys, it hurts! My neck is soooo stiff and any movement (left, right, up, down) is met with sharp pain…even in my sleep! But i believe there is a lesson here too – i need to look after my body and perhaps slow down, take care of myself and love myself….our health is so important and we shouldn’t take it for granted.
So i am entering 2013 with what would appear to be a broken body (!) and with new hopes, fears and dreams for the future whatever it may hold…because which ever road we choose is the right one 😉
I sincerely wish you all the best for 2013 and hope that it brings you lots of joy, happiness, good health and success in all that you do! Here’s to a year filled with happiness, joy, love, good health, success and lots and lots of yoga! 😛
_/|\_ Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti

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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