Please enjoy this entry from our guest blogger, Derrick. He is currently taking yoga teacher training with the Maritime Yoga College.
Week 11 - April 5th:
As we come to experience new wisdom and practices there follows a time for integration, wherein we digest the knowledge and absorb what we need to know and integrate it into our lived reality. It is hard for me to believe that we are near the completion of our teacher training. The consolation of an ending of such a wonderful journey is the what follows, a time to process, reflect and integrate. I feel this magnified by the full moon, lunar eclipse, and Easter that occurred this weekend, all which also provides wonderful opportunities to turn our gaze inward as we digest new knowledge and awareness and absorb it into our very being.
The asanas we focused on today were meditative postures that are practiced by some yogis for hours of meditation. A regular practice of the other postures helps to strengthen and relax the body in order to prepare it for such long held seated poses. Deep meditations are important for the reconfiguration of our nervous system, better coherence and efficiency of the mind, and the development of more grey matter in the brain. Many people find it difficult be comfortably seated in sukhasana (ironically called easy pose), padmasana (lotus pose), or virasana (hero pose) for much longer than a few breaths, and consequently long meditations are not accessible unless seated on a chair or laying down.
This is not to say that the benefits of meditation are only to be found in certain poses, for mindfulness can be cultivated in almost any posturing. The bones of our bodies differ in the structure and so some poses will never be accessible, whereas there will be other asanas that feel incredibly comfortable because are bodies naturally move into such shapes. The knowledge and appreciation we foster of our bodies’ intricacies, and the strength and power we cultivate through our practice of yoga, are the goals of the practice - and it is a constant practice.
The truest integration I have felt thus far, from my practice on my yoga mat into the rest of the activities and relationships, is an improved flexibility. I happily reside in my body thanks to my yoga practice, and my mind and the way I engage in the world is much improved too. Through this yoga teacher training I have had the opportunity to deepen the impact of my practice and to cultivate the skills and knowledge needed to help others do the same.
I am thankful.
I am grateful.
I am complete.
Director of Teacher Training for the Maritime Yoga College and Registered Holistic Nutritionist.