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- It's All in the Hips, Or Is It?
- Day or Night? Body and Mind Considerations for Scheduling Your Yoga Practice
- This Yoga Love Affair (Part Two): Making it Last a Lifetime
- This Yoga Love Affair: A Collage of Views on How to Keep Your Yoga Practice Sustainable Over One Year
- To Be Thankful Without Grasping and Real Without Apologizing
- When Burnout Knocks: The Struggle of Keeping Teaching Healthy, Honest, and Vibrant
- Living Yoga Off The Mat
- Tuning Up Mind and Body: How Yoga and Sound Therapy Work in Harmony
- Making It to the Mat: What Yoga Teachers Need to Know About the Most Difficult Part of the Practice
Day 7, by Kristy Alpert
Let’s talk for a moment about comfort zones. Before coming to Yandara, I used to have one. Now? Not so much. In fact, that whole concept has been blown out of the water since arriving at the teacher training.
I have been stretched, urged, and sometimes even coerced into stepping far out of my comfort zone since day one … and, despite the initial grips of fear that come each time I venture out of where I’m used to operating, I have enjoyed every minute of it.
I remember the nerves that flooded my stomach and chest the first time I was asked to stand up in front of the class, and the doubt that I’d be able to make it three days (let alone 16 days) without eating any meat or drinking coffee, but now I find myself volunteering to teach the class with not so much as a butterfly entering my gut while the caffeine headaches have long surpassed.
I’ve found that by allowing myself to be stretched by the program Yandara has created [yoga analogy intended, hehe], I’m able to surprise myself daily with what I’m capable of doing with my body and my nerves.
Who knew it could be so therapeutic to stretch myself beyond just my limbs?
Packing tip of the day: Sunscreen. After lunch there’s about an hour before the next class if you eat quickly enough. Most of us use the time to scarf down some food and head to the pool to get some time in the sun. Even though we’re covered most of the day in the shade of the yoga hut, it’s a good idea to lotion up so you don’t end up with burned and sensitive skin.