Monday, March 28, 2011

Reflections: Yoga Teacher Training Day 10

Halfway There Already?

Yesterday I completed my 10th day of Yoga Teaching Training. Halfway there. Yoga Training at Our Yoga House is more like a Yoga retreat, or camp, than a course. We are greeted warmly each Saturday and Sunday morning, are fed healthy and delicious snacks, lunches and desserts (most recently – red bean cheesecake- yum!). We have access to organic teas, plum juice and coffee, of which Teacher Sucharita’s family grows right here in Taiwan’s mountains. Students mix, mingle, converse and learn together, breaking down language and cultural barriers, forming friendships and spreading good energy.

As cliché as it may appear, we are a big happy Yoga family. We care for each other, learn from each other, even upset each other. But we are all there for each other. I am a little sad that it is already week 5. Only 5 more weeks to go! 

This really got me thinking - What will I do with my free weekends? Who will I share my leftist ideologies with? Who will inspire me to try advanced postures? Where will I get my cooking inspiration from? Where will I be able to talk about chakras and pulling in my ‘shining diamond’ or mudra bunda? Who will be the recipient of my unprofessional yoga massage?

My partner Jeff. Of course.

We will rekindle our free weekends with winding car drives and hikes; he will pretend to be sympathetic to my views on the environment and animals; he will un-yogi-like boost my ego as I demonstrate the difficult crane pose and wheel; he will be my cooking inspiration as I attempt to win over his stomach with delicious vegetarian meals; he will try to lend an ear without rolling his eyes as I teach him about energy flows and chanting; and finally, after learning asanas from me, he will gladly be the receiver of a neck lengthening, full body sprawling back compression massage. 

Let's face it, whether he likes it or not really  ;o)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
(Pigeon Pose) variation 1

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
(Pigeon Pose) variation 2

Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance)
modified with a Yoga strap


  1. Hi Kylie! I live in Pingtung and have been thinking about Our Yoga House's teacher training - I really want to tackle teacher training during my time here in Taiwan. Would you recommend them? (btw I love love love your blog!)

  2. Thanks for your comments!

    You should definitely do the course! It was highly recommended to me by someone who had taken the course.
    Yoga House also offers guest accommodation at the studio as well, so you can stay for Friday and Saturday night there cheaply.
    Sucharita speaks both English and Chinese fluently, and her husband Michael is extremely knowledgeable in all things Yoga and well being. They are both awesome people. The course is very comprehensive.
    Give them a call to find out more information.
    Good Luck!

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  4. Thank you German.
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