Hello from Mysore, India!
Just a quick one today to thank India for having me again. Returning to India to further my personal yoga practice with my teacher (Yogacharya Bharath Shetty) whilst also assisting with the 250 hour teacher training course has been nothing short of brilliant. (Whilst I’m always up for a challenge, let’s just say this is challenge!) My days have gone a little something like this:
4.00am - time to get up & walk to the shala (in the dark!)
5.00-8.15am - assisting student asana & pranayama practice
8.30-10.00am - my personal practice
10.00-1.45pm - back with the students for teacher training examinations, philosophy & technical classes
1.45-4.00pm - lunch (sometimes until 3pm...)
4.00-8.15pm - assisting afternoon classes including anatomy, asana practice & evening chanting
Throw in 38 degree humid heat and doing everything by foot, and you have a pretty good idea of the intensity.
So as you can see, life’s been a little hectic on this end! But nonetheless fantastic. To teach alongside Sir has quite possibly been one of the most intimidating, challenging and inspiring experiences I’ve ever undergone. Since returning to Mysore I’ve laughed daily; cried almost daily; had a nasty fever (we think it may have been Dengue Fever…); experienced excruciating pain in my back and hips (sitting for 9 hours a day will do that!); learned how to fold myself in half - backwards; and explored amazing new techniques that I shall integrate into my own classes back home in Australia.
In short, my personal practice has accelerated beyond my wildest dreams; which all comes down to dedication to the practice, correct technique, strong support and most importantly - understanding how to truly connect body breath and mind. Through this journey my skills as a teacher and practitioner have astronomically improved, and I can truthfully say my love of the practice continues to deepen.
Since being here, I attempted to vlog about the experience however it turns out this is not something I’m passionate about doing so I’ve put that on hold. Rather I’m focusing on recording “How to Do” videos which I shall share with you all very soon, so be sure to keep an eye out for those! Turns out I much prefer writing about the crazy experiences, thoughts and challenges I go through. This blog has been a real friend to me in times of struggle and so I hope it can offer the same to those who read it.
I’ve also recorded many highlights of Mysore for those who are curious about this small city where yogis from all over the world come to train annually. (I’m slowly working out how to edit and pull everything together). There is a powerful energy here which draws people back to continue their practice. If you’re serious about your practice, then I strongly suggest you give this incredible place a try. It’s dirty, it’s loud and it’s nothing like home - but it’s also nothing short of amazing. Feel free to send me an email with any questions you may have about coming here. I would be more than happy to help.
Whilst it’s always sad to leave (I'm flying home today), I can’t wait to get home and see all the amazing yogis I train with regularly. You all inspire me to keep learning, exploring and pushing the boundaries. You are all my teacher.
Thank you to everyone who has supported me and my passion for yoga. I love what I do because it offers me the opportunity to share such a beautiful practice withsuch powerful, passionate and determined people. What more could I ask for!
Sending huge amounts of love + gratitude all the way from India,