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Before and After Rishikesh, India

One year ago I decided to leave my country to explore the world doing Yoga. Ive been practicing asana since I was 15, but had never thought I’d ever study to become a yoga teacher. When I started the trip I didn’t know exactly what countries I wanted to visit or how this was going to play out, I just had some clues, ideas, a mental map of what I wanted to do. A MUST was going to India to do a Yoga TTC.

In my mind, I had planned to do this in December 2016, but in the middle of the trip I was in Hawaii and I decided I wanted to leave to India right at that moment (September 2016). It was something I can’t explain as a mental process, it was just a call from destiny that I had to take. One month later I was arriving in New Delhi, the capital of India. I cannot lie, at the beginning it was a real shock for me…everything. The noise, the heat, so many people, everything so crowded, the food, I was not the kind of girl that immediately falls in love with India, it was something that came with the process; in the end, I liked it that way because slowly but surely, you fall in love with things much deeper than when it’s just a crush.

Finally I was there, living one of the most intense experiences of my life. Everyday we woke up at 5:30 am and started practicing Hatha Yoga, then Pranayama; after 3 hours being up, we finally had breakfast, and then the day went on, class after class. At 8:30 pm more less, we were done, but it was really intense each day, not only because of the obvious things, but also because you are living your own process, and at the same time 15 more people like you are living their own process too; that deep journey inside yourself, a lot of intense, hard stuff comes out. In the third week, the magic happened and I was feeling much better; my ashtanga practice was improving a lot and I felt I was unstoppable; I felt I never wanted to stop practicing. Every time I went to a cafe with my friend, I could hear everybody talking about the same, even though they studied in different schools; everyone had the same issues and concerns, and I, who felt my feelings were so special, was actually feeling much the same as everybody else! ( hehe)

 

Anyway, I don´t want to talk so deeply about the TTC exactly but about what happened inside after living that experience in that part of the world with those teachers. Rishikes, India is a small city 230 kms away from New Delhi; it is a sacred city, the world capital of Yoga and it is one of the most special places I’ve been to; surrounded by the Himalayas, separated by Maa Ganga, and full of Yoga schools, Babas, Gurujis and all of us; westerners trying to learn from the source and the root. This place is pure magic, they don´t sell alcohol, or meat, and everything closes at around 9-10 pm.

Those days in that place, after that experience I wrote: How can you be the same after your eyes have seen the most beautiful and the ugliest both outside and inside yourself… I still don’t know if I’ve found my destiny but it feels like something very profound. I’m not the same person that arrived back a month ago; something has changed; priorities are not the same. I truly feel lighter inside, and I’ve finally understood what really matters in life for me. I don’t want to argue anymore with people just to be right. I want to be more patient everyday. Sitting at the banks of Mother Ganga taught me so much about letting things and people go, about having complete certainty in the process and timing of things. This doesn’t mean I never feel things anymore or that I’m a Hipster-Hippie, it means I feel things deeply in my heart but everyday the distance between my feelings, the reaction and the letting go of the control is shorter, and that is priceless. It is not all about India, but Rishikesh helped a lot. ( I think Alanis Morrissette also felt that way when singing “Thank you India”)

In my opinion, it is really important to find a School – an Ashram to study and stay where you feel like you’re at home for that month or 2 months that you´ll be living there. To this end, I can totally recommend the place where I studied: Anadi Yoga Centre, not only because of the incredible Indian Teachers with a lot of teaching experience, but they are also very concerned about sharing the Yoga knowledge in a very professional and passionate way, instilling in you the wish to do and give your best everyday, and always very open to addressing all your doubts and concerns. ( Trust me, there are many, many schools that are just businesses )

My connection with this place is so deep that I decided to go back to study more, and to live there so I could experience it in a different way this time. Totally worth it. Rishikesh, India is a place that I can also call Home, because there I feel nearer to myself, to the true being that I am.

Namaste

 

 

 

Fiorella is a Chilean Wanderlust Yogini & Travel Blogger. Her personal seal is to share about everything that has made her a happier and healthier person. Her beliefs: Kabbalah, Her Life Philosophy: Yoga. // www.fioreyogini.com @fioreyogini

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Workshop 50H – Ashtanga & Photography in Siemp Reap (Cambodia)

ONLY 3 SPOTS LEFT !

10 days sessions: *400 usd
Sergine Laloux completed several seminars in Greece with JC Garnier, workshops with David Swenson, Tim Miller, Jason Crandell, Peter Sanson, Magnus Ringberg, Barath Shetty, Kristina Karitinou, Kia Naddermier, Lucy Crawford…
In January 2016, she did a training in therapeutic yoga (100 hours) with Bharath Shetty in Mysore. In August 2016, she graduated Teacher Training- Ashtanga 2nd series (100 hours) at the Ashtanga Yoga Center of Encinitas, California with Tim Miller.
She joined him in 2017 for a workshop in Berlin and a retreat in Italy. She took also a training course and gives regularly individual courses in “Yoga Wall”.
Sergine teaches yoga in Brussels at Anjali Shala, at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute and at the Yoga Room.
Transmitting has always been at the top of her heart and mind in yoga as well as in dance and photography.
A teacher never ends studying, learning…”Teaching is learning twice”. J.Joubert
 
This retreat will combine an intensive practice in the Shala with others softer and more meditative in the Angkor temples – at sunrise and sunset. Having experienced it, I can truly tell you it will be magical moments! Two days will be dedicated to hikes in the countryside to meet the yesterday and toady Cambodian culture. It will be the opportunity for each and everyone to carry out a small photo report getting rid of the “touristic clichés”. We’ll also have along with us our yoga mats to practice randomly according to the places and moods. The Blue Indigo yoga Shala is a genuine haven of peace and harmony not far away from the Siem Reap joyful turmoil. Jean-Yves and his team warmly welcome you. Food is delicious and entirely prepared in the Shala with local agriculture products. You’ll spend ten days awakening your senses at the Land of Smiles. Are also programmed: Ayurvedic and Cambodian massages, as well as yoga sessions, relaxing times, serenity but also the discovery of an ancient culture. A formula for a “non yogi” fellow companion is possible. It will be a unique opportunity to quietly share your passion with him or her while enjoying an unforgettable setting conductive to meditation.
 
Promotion Prices: *400 usd. Do you live in Siem Reap, or stay in another hotel? this offer is for you:)
you can take classes every day, and go home for your meals and sleep.
Half Board: 600 usd. Do you want to take classes, participate in excursions, share breakfasts and lunches? you can join this offer!
Full Board: 990 usd. Do you want to attend classes, participate in excursions, share breakfasts, lunches, and dinners and sleep in a traditional cottage? you can join this offer!
PROGRAMME:
Welcome of the participants on Sunday the 5th
– Dinner and participants’ presentation
– Screeningof“BreathoftheGods”movieinordertounderstand
the origins of Ashtanga
From Monday 6th to Friday 10th and Monday 13th
– 6.30am:wake-up,tea,coffeeandfruit
– 6.45–7.15am:pranayama
– 7.30–10am:Ashtangapractice
(led class or Mysore style) + savasana
– 10–11am:cake+juice
– 12pm:lunch
– 5–7pm:cleaningasanas/questions/YogaSutra/the8limbs
of Ashtanga
– 7.30pm:dinner
One afternoon during the week at Angkor Wat for sunset practice
7.30pm: dinner at the retreat centre
• One morning during the week at Angkor Wat for sunrise practice at 5am (departure at 4.30am)
• A 90mins Yoga Ayurvedic massage for each student – one student per day (price on donation)
Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th (yoga mat on your shoulder)
Trip to the countryside, visit of the pagodas and temples.
The opportunity to practice photo reportage on your teacher’s advice.
– Meditation in the temples
– Asanas practice
– Boat ride on the Baray with sunset and bathing
– Visit of Phnom Bok with sunset practice
Picnic or meals in restaurants
Trip back in the evening for dinner at the center
After dinner, feedbacks of the day with a contributor to answer the cultural questions and the teacher for the photographic questions.
Tuesday 14th
– 6.30am: wake-up, tea, coffee and fruit
– 6.45 – 7.15am: pranayama
– 7.30 – 10am: Ashtanga primary series led class + savasana
– 10am: cake
– 11am: open questions about yoga and photography.
Feedbacks and impressions of the week. Conclusion.
– 12pm: lunch
– Departures in the afternoon
Enjoy your workshop. Namaste !