French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
“Yoga is not only learning to stand on your head, but also learning to stand on your feet”
Alleluia ! After 120 days of holidays, my adorable kids are back to school !!!
And so am I: I too have pens in my bag, note pads and many books. Most of all, I have a Yoga Mat …
I’ve always had a fling with yoga, but I never took our affair very seriously. A sciatica forced me to take our relationship the next level , and I can say we are now seriously dating. I have been very fortunate to meet with great teachers in Cebu, whose practice and attention convinced me that there were more to yoga than acrobatic IGramable poses. You know the saying, things come to you when you are ready? I needed a holistic yoga teacher, who would help me understand yoga instead of merely practicing it. I also wanted to feel part of a like minded community interested in the practice and its spirits, not only in the last Lululemon collection. My kids love yoga too, I am teaching them the little I know, and for them too I wanted to learn more to be able to share more .
Meet the “Guru”
And here came Pascale: The Swiss former professional dancer is an incredible yoga teacher, not only for her professionalism but also for her generosity. She is not merely giving a class, she is explaining, taking time to align our postures with props, explaining how we can feel better in a position. “Yoga is not about how it looks. It’s about how it feels“. I have made this quote my mantra!
I have met many teachers from all my years living in India, Thailand and Europe. But this one is special, she really embodies yoga, in her practice but also in her philosophy and her positive attitude. She is so humble that unless you are googling her, you would probably never find out about all the books she wrote and the teachers trainings she has led all over the world! Believe me, had I have half her credentials, you would know it! (I know .. still working on this ego stuff).
I have attended dozens of her classes, and they are all different, there is always something new to take back home. Including her famous desserts (the well deserved yummy savasana!)
You see the girl on the right? That’s me!
Well, just for the top and the pony tail. If you see me on the mat, “Hyper flexible” are not the first words that would come to your mind. Not even “flexible” actually ..
Still, I enrolled in Pascale’s 200 h yoga teachers training because I need to find some balance in my life, and I feel that yoga is the most natural way.
The first 20 h of Yoga Teacher Training
Every morning starts with an up to 2h practice in Waterfront Hotel. The classes are open to any yogi, and on Sunday it is Yoga for a Cause, donation based for a foundation supported by Pascale. Then we learn anatomy, the philosophy of yoga and and take the time to go very deeply into the postures.
Let’s take the mountain pose (tadasana). Any yogi “knows” this basic posture, the foundation of them all. But there is so much more to this asana than simply standing on your feet. If you want to teach it right, you have to really understand thoroughly. Our group is small enough to have great exchanges and learn not only from our teacher but also from each other.
For someone who has quit school a few centuries ago, our workload is HUGE. My vocabulary has dramatically shrunken since I became a Mum to the essential pipi, caca, bobo and no, no, no! I haven’t been focused on learning for such a long time, I don’t even know how much my brain can take after almost 2 years of sabbatical.. Plus I never taught yoga to any adult before, let alone in English!
When I opened Pascale’s guidelines for the training and I felt she had wrote the intro especially for me: “don’t judge yourself or others: this is not a competition but a personal journey. We want this place to be a peaceful and safe sanctuary for practice and learning“. She nailed it! My ego would have been too heavy on the mat anyway ..
On top of all the readings, assignments and homework, we are required to practice at least 3 times a week, and do one home practice. We must also meditate a minimum of 30 mn a week, and teach 2 karma classes (free). If with all this work I don’t come all zen and fresh at the altar next year ..Anyone up to a free class, just tell me!
My first impressions after the first week end? My head is full, my body happy and my mind so eager to learn more. Look at this drawing, doesn’t it look like a treasure map to you ?there is so much to explore …
I’ll keep you posted on my most important learnings. Till then.. See you on the mat !
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