OM TT Day 4 – Jan 9 (10am-5pm)

Posted: January 10th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: doing it, yoga | Tags: , , | Comments Off on OM TT Day 4 – Jan 9 (10am-5pm)

I made it through the first weekend of OM Yoga teacher training.  Woot!  It felt somewhat easier today for some reason.  And there was more a feeling of camaraderie, or sisterhood.  It’s my favorite day of the weekend so far.  But I’m not attached to it or anything.

Today we learned the ingredients of a good teacher: Clarity, Confidence, and Compassion. And maybe Charisma?   All I know is that all of my lovely teachers at OM have oodles of charisma.  Compassion is probably the hardest but Ahimsa (non-harming) and Maitri (loving-kindness) are building blocks towards that.  So are generosity, patience, discipline, exertion, meditation, and prashna. Cyndi says the Sanskrit word “prashna” means something like wisdom or discriminating awareness. Wikipedia says it means question. Chinese equivalent might be 智慧. Also, we learned the term “idiot compassion” which is when you give to make yourself feel better.  Someone in class referenced the movie “Please Give” which I also watched recently and it’s the perfect example for what idiot compassion is.

I took it easy today and didn’t take a class during lunch break. Instead, I walked to Panya bakery to get some eats. I really enjoyed it when some of us practiced together after lunch. It didn’t matter if you felt ready or not, the environment was just so warm and nurturing. I lead Ardha Surya Namaskar for the first time and got more confident as I repeated it again and again. It’s rote learning but I try to remind myself that each time, it’s different. I am more and more in awe of my teachers. It really is a three ring circus. Knowing how/when to adjust and just keeping up with the class is tough but to have to say things at the same time…oy.  But I can tell that some of my fellow classmates will be amazing teachers.  They can already lead with a clear voice, confidently walk around the room, and adjust with compassion.

There was some discussion about the idea of feminine/masculine energies in the body as some folks don’t believe in that and want to explore it more before they use it in their own teachings.  I thought that was interesting because Thai yoga massage also has similar traditions.  You would massage on the left side first if the person is female, and the right if the person is male.  The concepts of yin/yang energies, the five elements, etc are also very prevalent in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture which has been around for thousands of years but I could understand why there might be skeptics.  While Cyndi spoke thoughout the day, I found other similarities to Thai yoga massage.  (Perhaps that’s why I love both!)  First, it was when she says to look at the students (body)…”they will tell you everything”….in the same way that a body would tell you what it needs during massage.  Second, when you adjust someone (which is almost like a mini-massage imho), it’s like a dance.  Cyndi does it so fluidly.  I do it like a crazy moth fluttering from one person to another :P.  So naturally, with all of these comparisons in my head, I thought of Ananda and flipped through her book again.  I can’t believe I never even read her bio until now!  Hope she’s having a good meditation experience in India.

When I returned home, V surprised me by taking me out to a fancy dinner at Amanda’s Restaurant 🙂  It’s was just so sweet since he says it was to celebrate my yoga teacher training endeavor and for keeping up this blog.  a tear….  :*)

Quote of the day:

Only a spontaneous feeling of empathy with others can really inspire us to act on their behalf.  Nevertheless, compassion does not arise mechanically.  Such a sincere feeling must grow gradually, cultivated within each individual, based on their own conviction of its worth.  Adopting a kind attitude thus becomes a personal matter.  How each of us behaves in daily life is, after all, the real test of compassion.

-HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA (taken from Thai Massage Sacred Bodyword by Ananda Apfelbaum)

Or as V would say, “BE NICE!” 🙂

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