My first blog of 2017! Written in Bali, but only just found the time (and better wifi) to post it. Since my last post, I’ve spend 5 weeks in Bali, flew to Ireland to visit my sister and four weeks ago I returned home! I’ve started giving classes again (so happy to see ‘my’ kids!) and I finally have time to reflect on the past 7 months and look forward to what’s ahead.
So what’s new for me? As of now I am officially a Yoga Teacher! Oh dear (as my good friend Veronica from Austin would say). I still can’t believe it.
I spend my New Year’s eve on a small island called Nusa Lembongan in beautiful Bali, Indonesia. Although I was lucky enough to spend it with some of the amazing and beautiful women I’ve met here, it wasn’t a big party. Because two days later we started our last week of training and it was full of studying and exams.
In the three weeks I’ve been there, I’ve done a 200-hour training. I’ve been trained in Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga, Yoga philosophy, anatomy and pranayama/meditation. We even learned a bit about Ayurveda, which I found very, very interesting. When we weren’t at the beautiful shala we studied our asses off in our homestays. Remembering asana (poses) names, breath counts, dristhi’s (focus points), places of tension and compression and everything about the history of yoga. I have to say, it was a BIG struggle sometimes, but in the end it was all worth it, because not only can I officially say I’m a yoga teacher, I also found a new profound passion in both teaching yoga and meditation, working with the energetic body AND I’ve met some beautiful souls along the way. Not just the teachers, but also the gorgeous women in this course have taught me so much, about yoga, but mostly about life itself. I am very, very thankful for that.
So what does this mean for Moving Educators? (Always looking ahead, but with my newly acquired knowledge, also really trying to live in the moment.) It has mostly been about dance education. But ever since I started doing yoga and meditation a couple of years ago I have integrated it in my classes. Now that I’m officially a yoga teacher, I know for a fact that it is of great value. So the basic idea of Moving Educators won’t change that much. It is still about moving educators, both from the inside & from the outside. But I will start doing more research into yoga and meditation in schools and it will be discussed more in the blog. For me it feels like this was the missing piece of the puzzle. The combination dance-yoga-medition to me seems just perfect. It suits me, it’s already integrated in my classes and it is a beautiful way to move with children.
Our awesome teacher Gina asked us on our first day of the course to write down our ‘mission statements’. I figured mine wasn’t hard to write down. Moving Educators has been my mission for the past months. But to put it in just a few words turned out to be quite difficult. In the end I wrote:
By receiving new knowledge I will, through my writing, continue to advocate for dance, yoga and meditation in education. I will integrate yoga in my teaching and by surrendering to this journey I will grow to be an even more skilled, loving and devoted teacher to children and teachers.
And although the course is now over, I will continue to live through this mission. Through my blog, my other article writing and my teaching. A lot of new ideas and I can say I am looking at this new adventure with much excitement. Let’s continue the journey!
To end with a quote by Gina (originally from Kaypacha Lescher), used by us yogi’s throughout this whole course:
Namaste, Aloha, So Much Love 🙂
p.s. I want to give a special shoutout to my dear new friend Steph, the three weeks on the island would have been a LOT harder if it wasn’t for you. You are a beautiful yogi, amazing teacher, inspiring human being and a true friend. Thank you for you, miss you already!