“Alright yogis, take a vinyasa and we will meet in down dog”
I have probably heard this hundreds of times over the last month.
Over the last 30 days I completed my One Song Yoga 200 hr teacher training at the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Bali.
I have barely worn shoes, chanted many OM’s, sat cross legged for hours, sweated intensely, ate more raw food then ever, drank kombucha and turmeric juice, prayed through my mala beads, saluted the sun daily, balanced in warrior three, created sequences, taught classes, aligned my chakras, slacklined, and most of all learned to love and appreciate these yogis and our beautiful teachers.
Many lessons have been learned, but here are five that have stood out for me:
If you have ever been to a morning yoga session you may have been asked at the beginning of the class to take a moment to set an intention for the day. This may be as simple as “be more patient with myself today” or “take time to appreciate the people around me today”. I remember the first few times I heard a teacher suggest this and it took me a while to catch on, but last January I took part in a 40 day yoga intensive at One Yoga in Saskatoon. This meant I went to 7am yoga every morning (well, almost) for 40 days and it was so powerful to set an intention every morning, and continue to come back to that throughout the day. Be INTENTIONAL.
There is an ancient saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. Mike and I were hanging out with his Aunt and her friend in Bali and some really beautiful conversations took place about Mike’s family history. The fact that history and patterns will repeat themselves unless someone decides to, “stop the shit.” This can only happen when someone meets a teacher and recognizes an opportunity in their current circumstances to learn a lesson. The teacher may be a person, it may be a book, but often the teacher IS the circumstance. If there is something to be learned right now at this very moment in your life, and you don’t recognise it, it will keep coming back until it has been absorbed. What teachers can we identify right now so that we can move forward in life more powerfully?
3. I GET TO GET UP IN THE MORNING
This was a small conversation in our training, that came from our teacher Denise, in which afterward she declared, “That was just one of my ramblings.” But this rambling was a super powerful message! Every once in a while, or maybe every day, we all just need a perspective shift. I believe that small, daily perspective changes can lead, and fast, to huge changes in our happiness. Every time we were given a project, someone in the group, wanting to summarize the homework, would begin with , “So tonight we have to…”, and Denise would instantly interrupt with the powerful perspective shifter of , “So tonight you GET to…” So good! I don’t HAVE to get up in the morning, I GET to get up in the morning.
4. OUR MANTRA FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
Denise taught us that “your mantra for the 21st century is to serve.” I have a deep belief that we can live out our passions and serve others at the same time. And that actually our passions were given to us for that very purpose. Watching my two teachers and how they are living out this mantra in their lives was inspiring and challenging at the same time. This lead me to ask myself some very important questions, questions that I have asked myself before but realize I need to be continually asking myself. “What are my passions?”, “What are my skills and strengths?”, “What do I have to give?”, “What are the fears/aversions stopping me?”, “Am I living this out daily and not always projecting it into the future?”
5. MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
Lastly, I feel like I have a second chance at something so sacred to me. I have always felt like I have had a connection to God, but in so many circumstances, I just didn’t feel like I fit in with what I had thought it was supposed to look like. Now, don’t get me wrong, I know I could fall into the same trap and just trade one form for another by going all yogi here, but I don’t feel like that is what happened. This last 30 days has shown me that no matter what the method, I can just BE with God.
Written by Ashley.