It has been a little over 2 weeks since I have returned to Liverpool after spending 8 weeks completing an intensive teacher training course in India. This was my 4th trip to India in three years, it was probably my favorite experience so far.
I was a little apprehensive before leaving on my trip this time, for many reasons. If you have ever completed a Yoga Teacher Training course, or any intensive course for that matter, you will probably understand my apprehension. Teacher Training courses are tough, they demand so much from you both physically, emotionally and help you to grow spirituality. In previous teacher training courses, I can remember going through periods of complete exhaustion. This course was so physically demanding, I was waking up at 4am, first class was at 5am, 5-7am we were practicing, 7-9 am observing and adjusting the second class, 9.30-11 pranayama, 11-11.15 core strengthening, 11.30-1 Teacher training class that could be anything from philosophy to adjustments or practicing again (this was all without food or water), then I had two hours free and back at 3pm for 90 minutes of backbends. Physically this was the most demanding course I have ever done. I was always awaiting the exhaustion, though it never came. Prana Vashya is what I was studying, Prana meaning vital energy and vashya meaning to control. The whole course is focused around increasing and controlling prana (energy). The first few weeks were extremely gruelling I experienced tiredness of course, I am not super human, though after about 3 weeks in I was surprised at my energy levels.
The whole experience was beautiful, and I learnt so much, our teacher was very much focused onto working with the mind. When you really delve this deep into your yoga practice you truly start to see the incredible benefits of moving your body and being in control of your breath. Yoga is truly a beautiful and giving practice. India allows you to reconnect with the simplicity of life, though it is intense and a lot of hard work it is a little break from life, a break from the wildness of city living.
Part of my apprehension upon leaving included leaving behind our classes and students at Liverpool Yoga Studios. I had been teaching at the studio almost exactly a year when I left and have grown so much as a person, a student and a teacher since being here, the studio has become like a second home to me. For this reason, even though I loved being in India (especially the sunshine), I was very happy and ready to be coming back to my little life back home.
Even though I have been away 8 weeks, it almost feels a little bit like I was never gone, though there is a lightness inside of me that is always there after returning from India, a new spark that has more ignited my passion and desire to share yoga with others.
I will now be running monthly 4 week intensive courses of Prana Vashya at the studio and my regular classes can be found on our app, or website. Please do not hesitate to send me a message or pop into the studio for a chat if you have any questions.