Please enjoy this entry from our guest blogger, Derrick. He is currently taking yoga teacher training with the Maritime Yoga College.
Week 3 - January 25th:
I have learned thus far that when we stay in our comfort zone we miss opportunities to grow and expand - we miss out on the magic that is happening all around us. I recognize that there is a magic that exists in our own comfort zone but once you step into the wild, into the unknown, you dive into a great mystery.
As the old proverb goes - “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”.
Each week of yoga teacher training we are encouraged to find our centre, our comfort zone in mountain pose (tadasana), so we can find the power within to carry us beyond, into the space of potential, where the magic happens. For me, this program is not only about becoming certified to teach yoga, it is about embracing yoga as a lifestyle and taking an active role in my education, health, and healing.
As yoga-teachers-in-training we are deepening our awareness of our own yoga practice and also the impact of the practice. I like to think yoga as a “cleaning-house” exercise - each asana (pose) is stretching particular parts of the body. After a full practice of yoga I feel both stretched and strengthened, I feel as if my ‘temple’ has been refreshed, my body rejuvenated!
At first it feels really good, but as your practice deepens you start to move into spaces of the body that are rarely activated. This can often bring up old memories, emotions, and thoughts that were discreetly tucked away, ignored, or forgotten. As our baggage rises to the surface of our consciousness-awareness we are sometimes shaken by an unexpected wave of emotion while in a pose . I believe that is part of our healing process, which is kickstarted by the evolutionary force of yoga. As we come to process our past we are better able to live in the present.
I have experienced overwhelming sensations of deep pleasure in a hip opener, but also have shed tears in savasana after I have freed some repressed emotions.
The intimacy I have cultivated within myself through a yoga practice has expanded my intuition and taught me to listen to my body, to tend to my emotions, and honour my state of being - in each moment. This mindfulness has been developed over time, and through many different techniques. It was refreshing to be guided through mindfully walking and eating. To be present throughout the entire movement that composes the act of walking, or the intimacy fostered with one's food through engaging all the senses before it is consumed, is challenging but rewarding. To be so intimately present with the moment, with each moment, is surely the art of living.
Director of Teacher Training for the Maritime Yoga College and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.