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SOSA (17/200): awakening

10 April 2012 4,730 views 10 Comments

School of Sacred Arts. Sounds a little like black magic, may well turn out to be so :) I’m doing my 200 hour yoga teacher training with them in Ubud, Bali and we just got started.

The SOSA Director is Simone, she is very beautiful in all ways, she just makes you want to be a better person, which is a good start. The other key leader is Troy, six foot, Californian, rocks a kaftan or board shorts, can speak eloquently & energetically about, well almost anything it seems, and makes you want to try everything, and try your hardest. Another good start. There are lots of other teachers too, they do different bits & pieces as the course goes on.

For the next four weeks, six out of seven days I’ll be at the Yoga Barn (yup, same one as I came to in July last year) which is an absolute dream because it’s such a wonderful place. The studio is next to a pond with chickens running around (or, sometimes, into the studio), there is jungle and rice paddies all around and lots of peaceful space to hang out during breaks. My days look something like this:


05.45 Wake up.
06.00 Leave. I’m at a homestay (share the family’s kitchen and communally type area, have my own bedroom, bathroom, terrace bit) which is just on the edge of town, it’s lovely. Grab my packed breakfast and mountain bike. Roll along beside the aqueduct trying to avoid the frogs, down the drive then a little pedal along a main road before rolling for about one n half clicks down a gentle hill through town all the way to the studio.

Moon & stars in the sky as I arrive in the morning

06.30 Meditation and Vinyasa Flow. Two and half hours! Apparently we’re going to be building up the practice that we’re doing which sounds both sensible and is also great fun because every day is different. Simone has led so far, as always, it’s so interesting to learn the style of a new teacher, especially one that I already respect a lot.
09.00 Breakfast. Shower (rainfall showers, yay), change, have muesli & fruit sitting outside in the studio garden.
10.30 Lectures. I was skeptical about this part but both days these lectures have flown by. Troy has talked about the history of yoga, the relationships of different types of yoga and big, macro concepts about belief systems. Today Geoffrey (former actor, now awesome yogi) also spoke, he is a genius about Sanskrit, history and language, his brain scares me a bit.
12.30 Lunch. Yesterday I had gorgeous Japanese food with Annana, today I went to Bali Buddha (well known organic, hippy type place) and had a mega salad.
14.00 Posture Clinics. These have included some getting-to-know-each-other and movement games which have been just perfect. We did a really good one today where we kept eye contact with someone for about a minute. When was the last time you looked, non stop, into someone’s eyes for a minute. It was challenging I’ll tell you. Then we study specific poses (anatomy, variations, corrections etc) and practice teaching them to each other. This is really hard. Everything in my head sounds great but it comes out, let’s say, differently, it will be interesting to see how this develops.
17.00 Yin Yoga. Didn’t know what this was until day one :) It’s a much less formal but very quiet style; each pose is held for around five minutes (which is a long time) and the emphasis isn’t on taking a correct position but rather exploring the capabilities of your own body and mind. It’s a very relaxing end to the day. For which read – I have fallen asleep in both classes so far.
18.00 Finish. Bike ride home via whatever groceries I need (and volumes & volumes of soda water!)

in the beginning…

These first two days have flown by and it’s been a great start: amazing attitude and direction by all the teachers, lots of encouragement about finding our own way, light-heartedness and warmth from everyone (staff, teachers, students). I think we’re all taking this seriously, it’s important to all of us, and I think we’re all aware that it’s going to get more challenging and intense, so, although we’re going good I’m still anxious about what’s to come.

Check in with you soon.


dusk at Yoga Barn

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