Posted by YogiV N SB on:
Sticking to my objective to discuss the gifts and joys of yoga, Mother Nature and the celebration of the many talented artists in Santa Barbara...I will now begin with myself. Although I am very excited to blog about other than myself...it is important to share my experience and my journey. But I will do it in parts.
Part1 - My teacher training experience.
My teacher training in Las Vegas was the most magical experience. I arrived shaking and sweating. Having always traveled in my pijamas, I arrived in Las Vegas already very hot! In sweats and a sweatshirt and with much baggage...from boxes of coconut water to duffle bags filled with yoga gear and lounge wear...I was @ capacity for what could comfortably fit into my hotel room. Bikram Yoga teacher training being held in Las Vegas, otherwise known as Sin City was already too surreal enough for me to digest while I stood in line to check myself into 9 weeks of torture chamber training. I was beyond thrilled and beyond terrified all @ the same time. I was overwhelmed with tears and must mention again, with sweat. I entered the lecture hall drenched and stinky but with an energy exploding with emotions that were pulsing and vibrating out of me that no wonder the seats around me were not being occupied. Who knows what the other trainees were thinking when they contemplated sitting near me. "Is she crazy or is she always breathing heavily and crying with a smile on her face?" But because this was the largest training to date...I was soon squished in between trainees just as nervous and just as excited as me. To be in a room with over 350 yogis is amazing in itself. Everyone gathered to hear our first lecture...and it did not disappoint. Filling our hearts with the itinerary and goals of the 9 weeks allowed me to embrace the moment that I was finally here. I was finally present in a dream...in my dream. Bikram Yoga from day one of my first practice several and many years ago has always been a sacred blessing to me. I enter any Bikram Yoga studio and know that I am doing good for my body, my temple. To quote a line from the Bikram Yoga dialogue...for 90 minutes I am healing and strengthening my body, all over, inside-out, from bones to skin, fingertips to toes. So to be finally being trained to return the gift and to serve yogis everywhere was obviously bigger than me but I was ready for the challenge. I knew with my constant prayer and with the support of my loved ones at home, I could most definitely center in and focus on absorbing everything that was designed for us by Bikram himself to graduate as solid and concrete Bikram Yoga teachers. After my first lecture with my fellow yogis...we returned to our hotel rooms to set-up shop. As I moved through the hectic, loud, smoke-filled hotel up 8 flights of stairs to my hotel room...I remember thinking that I am here for you...I am here for me...I am here for Bikram...I am here for yoga. Yoga baby! Yoga!
To be continued...