|Costa Rica Yoga Spa Yoga Shala where we lived and breathed for 21 days straight|
What brought me here to this Yoga Training?
Beyond travelling and learning Spanish I decided that I wanted to explore more about this thing called YOGA. Yoga is an activity I picked up to battle corporate stress and get some exercise. I always end up feeling so much better after a yoga class, but why? Why does yoga work for me, and so many others? What else does yoga offer? These are some of the questions I had and want to explore.
My first experience diving deeper into Yoga was last year at a retreat led by Chrisandra Fox and Katie Silcox. (http://8dropsyoga.com/about/). I was amazed at how after only 4 days how great I felt – the best I had in years (I’d also done a 5 day raw/juice cleanse before the retreat). I also felt so renewed and intrigued to learn more about yoga and Ayurveda.
I started seeking a retreat or training that was somewhere in Central America during March or April 2012. There were various options and I felt a bit lost so I turn to Katie Silcox for clarity. Her reply back really hit home, although I had location and time constraints, the teacher was the most important part. If I was going to spend my time, money and energy on this experience it is vital that I have a connection with the teacher and a desire to learn from them.
After that realization, I started to lose hope. I’m in Guatemala…how am I supposed to discover if a connection is there with these teacher profiles I read online?! I started questioning the whole idea of participating in a Yoga Teacher Training and thought maybe this was not the time for me. I was seeking an experience to deepen my yoga practice and spend time focusing on self-development. Me, a teacher?? I think not! I’ve only been practicing for 4 year on and off. Am I even qualified or ready for a YTT? Even if I did do a training I don’t have the intention to teach, or at least not in a traditional yoga studio setting. Self-doubt was present. Then, BAM!
Tristan Prettyman’s Blog --> Yoga Tropics Site --> Costa Rica Yoga Spa Site --> Ashley Ludman’s Blog. Immediately butterflies were present:
- 1. Ashley happened to be in a village just across the lake from me in Guatemala. What? Wow!
- 2. Ashley was leading a YTT in Costa Rica from March 10-31 at Costa Rica Yoga Spa
Ashley and I met the next day in Guatemala and it all clicked. Application was sent off and the rest is history!
This training is where I need to be. So here I go on this 21 day journey with all these lovely ladies and mr. christopher michael :-)
|Me, Wendy, Ash our amazing teacher, Lili, Jen, Sarah, Rachel, Chris, Rania (only here for a 1 week retreat), Kori & Jamie (not pictured is Kristin who joined us a bit later). All of us on this journey of discovering our Inner Power|
|Where we spend all of our meals - beautiful view!|
|Roomies in the Unity Room|
|Top Bunk is all mine - this our room before we cluttered it all up; last time that table looked like that ha|
|Pool and our Yoga Shala - "Ranchito"|
|How amazing is this structure?|
|Me, Sarah, Jamie and Chris playing around at sunset|
|Beautiful sunset over the ocean from Costa Rica Yoga Spa|
Yoga. Meditate. Study. Eat. Sleep. Repeat.
Typical day in our life at Costa Rica Yoga Spa's YTT
6:00am - 8:30am: morning meditation, journaling, practice, pranayama (breath)
9:30am - 12:30pm: lecture, group integration, asana (physical yoga practice)
1:00pm - 3:00pm: "free" time - often lots of studying
3:00pm - 4:30pm: lecture, group integration
4:30pm - 6:00pm: sunset yoga session
7:30pm - 9:00pmish: thai massage, group integration, lecture
Clearly we are quite busy! A good busy of course, but it will take adjusting. Thanks Ash for being patient and sharing so much with us.