December 30, 2019

How I found Yoga

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The Beginning

I took my first real Yoga class (by Jasmin at Body + Soul) in May this year. Thanks to my partner, who inspired me to try it out. To be honest, it was not the right choice as the language of instruction was German and it was a Jivamukti medium/advanced class. Even though the conditions were not optimal for a beginner, it did give me a taste of it. Soon after, I took a few English classes (by Jodie and Daisy at Roni's yoga studio) and started enjoying them so much that I started skipping my functional training classes to do Yoga. Today, it has come to it that I only do Yoga as a fitness activity (Not saying that this is the right choice though 😊).

Taking a few Yoga sessions in a studio nearby was enough to get me started and interested. I wanted to learn more and I did ask myself “why didn't I do this earlier?".

The Key Elements

There was something about Yoga that pulled me towards it. I came back happy and energized from my classes and went back for more. It made me feel more connected to myself and others. I felt there is a dimension of my existence that I have been totally ignoring until today.

Working together with breathing, focus, balance and strength can do wonders for your mind and body.

In the class you not only work with your body but also with your inner strength.

Yoga works not only on your body, but your mind and if you go deeper, your soul.

I started believing, Yoga can change my life.

The Challenge

Yoga can be challenging especially if you start with drop-in classes, when you don't even know the name of the Asanas (Postures). There are a lot of basics, theory and technical details to know and learn. Detailed instructions from a good teacher are nice but still not enough to practice and do well in my opinion.

I struggled and I was also not sure if I am doing things correctly.

I started watching yotube videos from Tim Senesi(Recomended!!) and also started referring to ‘Light on Yoga by BKS Iyengar’ for information on postures and alignment. Soon I realized that there is so much to learn and I have not even scratched the surface.

I can say without any doubt that in the beginning, most of my basic postures were not even close to how they should be. I was not breathing correctly or let's say, I didn't know how to breath. I was not standing correctly and I was not engaging the right muscles. I didn't even know what it really means to engage the core.

Lucky trip to Bali

I travelled to Bali in the mid of June and luckily attended a Yoga class (by Raldo at Yoga Saraswati in Ubud. I really enjoyed his class and after chatting with him I discovered that he recently completed his Yoga training in Rishikesh.

I think it was June 21, International Yoga day when I first started to think about doing the Yoga teacher training myself.

Hungry to learn

After my vacation in Bali I was hungry to learn more, and attending a drop-in session 2-3 times a week was not enough to make any real progress. I was always unsure of what I was doing in the class (and rightly so). I convinced myself that I need a push, an intensive training, to really get started. The idea of going to a school and learning all about Yoga, all day, was a very attractive idea to me and I started looking at my options.

Yoga Teacher training in Rishikesh

Looking for a Yoga teacher training online is a difficult task. There are hundreds of schools in Rishikesh and they all claim to be the best HAHA! . I eventually decided to go to the same school as Raldo to be on the safe side. Thanks to my teammates and my Manager to approve my 5 weeks vacation, I spent the whole of August learning Yoga in India at Rishikesh YTTC.

I am Grateful

I learned a lot in Rishikesh and I will write soon about my experience there.

Hailing from the Yoga motherland, I wish I got real Yoga training in my childhood. I believe Yoga is more important than a lot of subjects that I studied in my school.

I am grateful to all the Yoga teachers and ambassadors for spreading Yoga to each and every corner of this World.

"The tree is still spreading. The winds of Yoga are blowing everywhere.” -B.K.S Iyengar

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