October 13, 2013 – Sunday, such a welcomed day!
After 7 days of asana practices in a row, the alarm going off regularly at 5.30 am, all the pranayama and other sessions along the days, to wake up without the alarm, taking the time for writing and working on some pictures, enjoying breakfast at the Germany Bakery overlooking Laxman Jhula bridge, going for a massage to give relief to my sore muscles was just all that I needed to recharge the batteries… yessss!
I already mentioned in a previous post (read it here) this TTC at Tattvaa Yogashala is very intense, but what I realized is that it has been the most intense yoga training I’ve ever taken! And I feel soooo good! And I’m learning a lot and that makes me very happy 🙂
I was asked to share more about the schedule and the studied topics; here it is what has been going on in my life for the last 10 days, in a very quick way.
5.30 – 6.15 am: Alarm goes off. Time to get the body ready with a hot shower and Jala Neti cleansing;
6.15 – 6.30 am: Ready on the mat to warm up;
6.30 – 8.15 am: Asana class with Kamal starts. On some days it has been led class (often by ourselves, the students), on some other days it has been Mysore style (self-practice) receiving Kamal’s and Jonatan’s adjustments. In both cases, better for you to know the sanskrit names for each asana, as Kamal will keep asking them to different students all time along;
8.15 – 8:30 am: Time for a quick shower, as you will have sweated the hell out of yourself in the asana class 🙂 ;
8.30 – 10.30 am: Pranayama session with Sunil starts. We either begin chanting OMs for 21times or will start directly with Kryias such as Kapalabhati and than we go through different pranayama, i.e. Ujjay pranayama or Surya pranayama. And than every session includes about half an hour chanting mantras, beautiful mantras;
From 10.30 am to 12.00 it’s time finally for breakfast, the washing or run quickly errands.
12.00 – 1.00 pm: Workshops with Jonatan (assistant teacher). They can include from reviews of previous day adjustments, time for homeworks (such as working on bandhas, jumping trough and back, etc.), exercise teaching;
1.15 pm – 2.15 pm: Yoga Nidra with Sunil, so welcomed, so looked for! It brings you in a very deep relaxation, such a state where you can work on your own samskaras. But to be honest, I haven’t been able to stay awake for a full session yet, but haven’t lost hope yet 🙂
2.30 – 4.00 pm: Yoga Phylosophy with Sunil. This has been one of my favorite time of the day, when Sunil has been taking us through what is the purpose of yoga, what is the purpose of asanas, trying to let us think about WHY are we practicing yoga, sweating and jumping… all that quoting so easily Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Hatha Yoga Pradipika as well as bringing to us stories from ancient Indian tradition to modern times;
4.00 pm – 6.30 pm: Adjustment session with Kamal. I’ve already written about how amazed I am each time I receive or see Kamal giving adjustments. This has been the time to understand what leads him to choose an adjustment for a specific student instead of a different one, to learn how to perform those, to try them on other students though I know there are adjustments I will never be able to give, at least for a few years (i.e. standing straight on somebody in urdhva dhanurasana, the wheel pose, and still being able to look around and give indications to other students!!). But, apart from Kamal’s ability with adjustments, what has struck me the most is the fact he has always a good reason why he is doing it that way or the other, and he generously share with us.
Now it’s time for the third shower of the day as well as dinner time.
8.30 pm – 9.00 pm: Group meditation sitting with Sunil or on our own. I’ve been learning different kinds of meditation, such as Brahma Mudra meditation or OM meditation.
9.30 pm: Light is switched off in my room for some well deserved rest.
So, after 10 days, Yes, I’m still in love with it all!!! 🙂
You’re planning to join a future training at Tattvaa Yogashala? That’s a very good plan, just make sure you’re very committed to your practice and learning schedule as those are very demanding… and so rewarding in return!