Today was teacher training from 11:30-5:30. Apparently, at some point in there I developed a fever, so I’m not sure how “on” I was the last couple of hours, though I know I certainly yapped like a terrier on speed (those who know me can appreciate this, I am sure). So, what are some of the highlights of today’s class for me?
1. Sitting on the floor for six hours is hard and I am actually excited to see this change as we go along. Easy seat my aching rear!
2. 15 years after grad school, 22 years after undergrad, and 26 years have high school, I’m still the kid with her hand in the air all the time – I just don’t raise my hand now (insert chagrined face here).
3. My ribs really do protrude more than the average human-bear, so it’s not just my posture – This isn’t very important for anyone else, but it’s big for me.
4. Breathing in really isn’t that much body work on the part of the lungs, because external air pressure forces the air in once the diaphragm begins to drop and lessens the internal pressure. How cool is that? This means it’s actually harder to breathe out. It makes sense, but I hadn’t thought about it.
5. Wearing earplugs is a great way to keep the focus on the breath during practice (at least when you don’t need to hear a teacher).
6. Tadasana, Urdhva Hastasana, Uttanasana, and Ardha Uttanasana are complex poses! It’s easy to whip right through them in a vinyasa class, but if you slow down there is a LOT there.
7. The eight limbs of yoga (I knew this before, but a reminder is good) are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, Samadhi. I may or may not have spelled those correctly.
8. There is something called Kundalini Syndrome, which is a form of insanity caused by moving too quickly into pranayama and meditation without proper education. No way! Yes WAY! Check it out.
9. Adjusting other people is quite difficult. My personal space is bigger than I even knew.
And then after class I learned that taping these entries into a spiral notebook is getting on my nerves and if I’m going to keep typing them, I should get a better system.
That’s it for now. Tune in next time for another episode of As the Teacher Learns.