The Yoga Season Begins at Yandara Yoga

10-Nov-2013

The yoga season is just beginning here at Yandara, Baja, Mexico. Students arriving wide eyed and curious, making themselves at home, while getting to know their fellow comrades on this journey, chatting about travels, families, jobs. To our surprise the students of the October/November training were greeted with a refreshing rinse from Mother Nature.  A yin environment to the yang heat and sun the Baja has felt for the past few weeks, and sure to be one of the final rains of the year.

 The students began clearing the throat chakra during the welcoming gathering, with music and kirtan led by the Yandara musicians Mercy Ananda and Shiva Das.  “Om Gam Ganapatiyei Namaha!” they chanted, invoking the self-confident energy of the elephant to remove any obstacles on their path to become a yoga teacher.

 The days at Yandara begin with yoga flow classes, elegantly laced with teaching instruction. The lead trainers guide the students through different styles of yoga while mentioning what goes on in the background: the planning, the intention, the heart that is put into creating and performing a great yoga class. Morning flow seamlessly continues into a silent breakfast allowing for introspection and digestion, not only of the food but the concepts their minds have consumed. With their bellies satiated they return to their mats to delve into posture and terminology breakdowns, always actively processing the teachings. 

Lunch is an exciting time as the smell of curry wafts down the path to the kitchen, where a rainbow of foods await: salads, fish, vegetables, tofu, and an array of fruits. After lunch the students move on to a well-deserved rest, retreating to their tents, the ocean or staying awhile to mingle over a cup of tea.

 Afternoon classes awaken their energies with the opportunity to practice teaching with their peers. In these workshops they learn cues for entering and exiting specific yoga postures, hands on posture enhancements, as well as workshops around sequencing, use of language, creating yoga playlists, and more. The result is an empowering experience that stimulates creativity and growth.

 Every other day, in the late afternoon, the students meet together as a group for Satya, a supported, safe space to communicate from the heart. Between the beautiful scenery and caring atmosphere, Sayta becomes a chance for many blockages and obstacles to be released and overcome.A satisfying dinner replenishes the body and soul, often ending with a cup of tea and some fruit.

 These yoga-teachers-to-be end their transformational days meditating, singing, listening to stories, rejoicing and dancing past their obstacles during the evening gatherings. Alas, they return to their humble abodes for a well deserved rest as the ocean waves guide them to the dreamstate.

 Whether completing the 26 or 16 day training, the Yandara students express, learn, grow, improve, teach and transform into vibrant, present and skilled yoga instructors, ready to gracefully take the steps back home to share their growth with the world.

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