A weekend of yoga

This weekend I spent nearly a whole weekend doing yoga. It was wonderful.

I expect you all have visions of me doing 105 Sun Salutations just to fill the time but it wasn’t quite like that. The weekend was a 2 day residential that was a part of our final year of our British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma. We stayed at Potash Barns in Brundish. It’s so lovely, a series of converted barns, with a yoga studio overlooking a field of sheep. And the sun shone so it really was stunning. This beautiful setting combined with the friendly company of other yoga students really made it special.

We began on Friday afternoon with a practical session working towards Chakrasana (Crab). I haven’t done this pose for years but our teacher, Elaine Fletcher, is so good at building us up and suggesting comfortable ways to move into the poses that it came really easily and I honestly could have stayed there for ages. The openness I felt in my upper body stayed with me for the rest of the day and I felt so energised afterwards. It is one of those really daunting poses where often the difficulty in doing them is often psychological rather than physical.

I didn’t get to do much more on Friday as I nipped home for Friday night so that my 1 year old wasn’t without me at bedtime for two nights in a row. By the time I got back on Saturday I had already missed early morning Sun Salutations which was disappointing but we went on to some sessions teaching each other head stand and shoulder stand, and I managed to do a lower version of head stand, my weight was on my head for the first time ever!

I know that yoga shouldn’t really be about desperately wanting to achieve certain poses, and for me it really isn’t about that nowadays, What is interesting is that the less and less that I compete with myself to reach physical milestones with my yoga the more and more I achieve. I wasn’t particularly bothered about whether I could do crab or headstand, but it was so satisfy and uplifting to find that I could without much effort. This reminds me that in my own teaching it is so important to encourage this approach in my students and hopefully they will find that if they enjoy their yoga and focus on learning about their bodies, that the physical ability to move on to more challenging postures will come naturally with time. It may take 10 years but it will come.

The rest of the weekend was filled with us teaching to each other, either for our assessed teaching work or simply for sharing our learning. We had a very inspiring session with Alistair Shearer one afternoon, about The Upanishads (a classic yoga text) and discussing the soul and the Self in yoga. It was a little deep and is a whole other blog post in itself but it was inspiring and very thought provoking. We talked about running our yoga businesses and did some chanting and meditating as well (not my favourite bits but I’m learning to appreciate them).

Coming home on Sunday afternoon my head was buzzing with new things to teach my students, things to save up and teach them in future, things to put in my essays, things to read and find out more about. I just feel so inspired about my yoga right now, so I must stop blogging and get on with doing some instead.

Emma

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If you are interested in finding out more about Potash Barns then visit www.potashbarns.co.uk