Whilst I get more into this blogging malarky I come to realise a few things. On the one hand, I like writing and expressing myself in this way however, on the other hand, I possibly can’t talk about sugar all the time. I’m sure you know by now that you should snack regularly, look out for invisible sugar and go easy on the orange juice.
So I’d thought I’d open out and review a few other things that have been going on, similarly aligned to the health and wellness-like theme.
Enter the Hot Power Yoga Foundation Course. I was lucky enough to go to The Yoga Show back in October where I entered and won a competition for this three day course. So I thought I’d do a bit of a review.
My previous yoga experience
Now 2011 was my year for Bikram Yoga (a hot intense sweaty affair) and 2012 I was more of a runner with a spot of yoga here and there. When I say spot, I mean the odd You Tube thing at home. Least to say I was not well prepared for a new practice I had never experienced before but nevertheless, went with an open mind.
The Hot Power Yoga Foundation course is the pre-curser to the 200+ hour teacher training program. It’s designed to give you a feel for teacher training before you commit and it does a good job of that. I found myself in the deep end teaching yoga everyday (well attempting to teach)…
“Right now go into press up position, oh I mean the plank..yes…now downward dog…and breathe, yes just breath here…deeply (while I rack my brain to think of what you should do next)…bring your left leg up (oh no was that meant to be their right let, oops)…”
Do you know what, it was really quite a lot of fun. Everyone was encouraged to just have a go and make mistakes, which bought light hearted laughter to it all, even if you were balancing on one foot trying to twist into the Bird of Paradise.
And the rest…
Apart from the teaching, we also clocked up a fair bit of practice itself. It goes without saying that I obviously was aching in places I didn’t even know existed for about four days.
Guided practices were followed by close knit friendly lectures from Dylan Ayaloo and Craig Norris, two incredibly experienced and personable teachers. I felt entirely content in these, listening to the philosophy and the principles behind a mindful yoga approach, whilst sipping on a herbal tea. I reflected on all sorts of things the discussion touched upon, where many of the principles were readily applied to all walks of life.
The take away
The group bonded, we grew close and that’s what made this experience so very special. We shared, we balanced, we sweated, and I think at least half of us got a dead leg during the meditation practice (I know how to sit differently next time).
I must also say that I was tempted with the full teacher training but come on Laura, lets walk before you can run. I think that’s a bit ambitious considering I fall out of the Tree pose every five seconds. If you’re not sure whether or not to take the full plunge with teacher training, this course is a great teaser to see if it’s for you. Even if you’ve not interested in teaching, it’s worthwhile for just deepening your practice in a very holistic way.
All in all, thank you HPY for a lovely experience. I will add that after the three days, I could touch my toes for the first time in my life! Incredibly chuffed would be an understatement.