Last day of training. Examination day.

Today is our last day. Vero and I are teaching Hatha class together. V starts us off gently with some beautiful words on intention and closing our month together, and I take us through some more challenging floor sequences before dropping the class into a deep Savasana and massage session.

Session two. Pranayama examination. The term examination is a loose description. Its more of an informal discussion and demonstration session with the class.

Session three. Asana examination. We enter the Bamboo Hall and the room is set up with a matt and blocks at the front of the room for our demonstration which includes introduction to the posture name in English and Sanskrit, a demonstration of the posture, an explanation for what its good for, its strengths, who should avoid it, the therapeutic benefits and so forth. Easy peasy.

Session four. Our last exam is written and covers philosophy, meditation, asana, pranayama, yoga therapy, nutrition, ayurveda and anatomy teachings. We were all placed in the bamboo hall together and the teacher conveniently disappeared for the majority of the test. They pretty much set us up not to fail this one but I’m surprised at how much I have learnt this month and how much I am able to recall.

Session five. Dance. Michael is in town and that means a line up of unreal world electronic music. His friend Roy is here too with a Hang drum, so of course we take advantage of the situation and come together for another cacao ceremony. I sneak the guys up to the bamboo hall and grab the speaker from downstairs. Sanjay catches us and makes me promise to look after the hall.. and no fire! His first thought is fire. I’m guessing this school has seen some crazy rituals over the years! This time, the whole crew join in and we have a beautiful moment sharing our experiences (around a group of lit ghee fires..oops) of the last month and setting intentions for moving forward and taking our practice into our lives back home (or back on the road for some!). The energy of our group is unbelievable and we dance the hours away until we can dance no more. Finally Roy takes over Michaels beats and calms us down in Savasana and eventually serenades us with a beautiful Hang sound healing experience.

Hearts open and full of gratitude, we made it.

 

Leading Hatha class with V.

Leading Hatha class with V.

 

Juicy adjustments in Hatha.

Juicy adjustments in Hatha.

 

Teaching is a little bit like playing God.

Teaching is a little bit like playing God.

 

This man is pure white light. Perfectly enlightened and so joyful. I will miss my morning CHAI CHAI CHAI with a smile!

This man is pure white light. Perfectly enlightened and so joyful. I will miss my morning CHAI CHAI CHAI with a smile!

 

Cacao ceremony #2

Cacao ceremony #2