Time to sit down and write a few lines about my past month, which has been one of the most enriching months of my life so far. The fact that it resulted in me becoming a yoga teacher makes it even more exciting.
Picture: SEAD Salzburg
Starting my yoga practice during university, as as compensation for the straining days of a dance student, I soon realized that yoga was much more than just a physical practice. For a while I kept enjoying all the benefits of yoga, without really questioning or understanding why it made me feel so good or what the whole philosophy behind it was. I started implementing a more or less regular yoga practice into my every day life, especially when I wasn’t dancing as much. Along the way I got to meet a few very lovely and inspiring teachers, who were not just inspiring in their teaching, but also in their approach towards life.
Long story short, it soon became crystal clear that it was about time for me to dive deeper into the practice of yoga. I wanted to learn more about the philosophy and most importantly about myself. Not sure what I would find on this path, I applied for a 200 hours Hata Yoga Teacher Training Course. I had been looking into different courses in India for a while, when Ariadna (who by the way is a wonderful teacher herself) told me about the course at SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) in my hometown Salzburg. The fact that it was a course for dancers mainly, led by a faculty of incredibly experienced teachers from Bangalore/India, made me chose for it intuitively. And voilà - now it is already over and what can I say - always trust your intuition! I couldn’t be happier with my choice.
I am not going to write a lot about the course itself, as it feels like writing about it wouldn’t do it justice at all. It also is a very personal experience that I’d rather keep in my heart than write about it. Just this much:
It was a very intense month with plenty of practical and theoretical input, great guidance from our teachers Pradeep, Uma and Aarti in the company of a really lovely group of fellow aspiring yogis. It’s hard to put into words how much I have learned and even more, how much I still have to learn. Finishing this course feels like the beginning of my personal yoga journey, that hopefully won’t be a lonely one. I hope to be able to share my newly gained knowledge with many of you and that I can learn from you as well.
Please let me know, if you’re interested in personal or group classes or even in a little chat over a cup of yogi tea…I would love love love to hear your thoughts, as well.
To finish this off, I want to thank SEAD, a1000yogaAcademy, our prinicipal teacher Pradeep G Gowda as well as Aarti and Uma and of course my classmates for their generosity and inspiration. I couldn’t have wished for better guidance!