YogaDiaries – Week 39, 40, 41 & 42

This basically comprises of the last month of my Yoga course. We had to undergo a Vasantik Varg in the month of May, that is nothing but a summer class, more like an internship. Wherein we had to run a class for a whole month, we as in 3-4 teachers-to-be. I had got my centre near my house, so that was very convenient for me as I am not at all a morning person and this internship was supposed to be in the early morning hours, 6:00-7:15 AM.

We had to first generate awareness about this class, basically, gather students for the class to run. Then, we had to do everything right from forms distribution, to looking after the place, conducting classes, attending to the students, clearing doubts, giving demos, helping students attain the final position, relaxing them, conducting shudhikriyas, and what not! But all of this together has improved me a lot. When you teach, you learn. This one month has been a great learning experience for me. I am really grateful to have this amazing batch as my first class.

In this one month, I overcame my fear of public speaking, I feel more confident than ever and it feels good, in a non-ego way when people look up to you or think you are worthy enough to solve their queries. I was the youngest one in the class, but this time not as a student but teacher. All my students were older to me by 10 years minimum and yet they thought I was worthy enough to attend to them. I feel really grateful for that.

The second last class was that of sharing experiences. And this was the best class for me, by far. Students shared their experiences and it was so heartwarming to listen to them. They said such sweet things about the teachers and how they now felt like family and that they could sense the bond that has grown amongst us now. They said that the teachers helped them achieve the final position and polished them in such a way that they couldn’t learn by doing yoga with the help of CDs.

I was very touched because I celebrated my birthday with this batch, first birthday that started on a very different and good foot. It had been just 4 days since the class had commenced, we were still getting to know each other, yet the students made it so special for me and gave those lovely and warm wishes. It feels really good when somebody gives you such hearty wishes. The proud and happy moment for a teacher is when they see their students improve. Such was my experience, in the first week of the class, I could sense discomfort on the faces of them while sitting in Vajrasana, but in the fourth week, they were able to sit in the Asana for a longer duration and in a comfortable manner.

It really makes you feel blessed when the students say they feel a lot better physically and mentally with just 4 weeks of yoga practice. My oldest student is 87 years and he said that if I can learn something new at this age and if it still makes me improve then I would love to continue this practice.

The last comprised of Dhyan Varg, that is meditation class.It was such a blissful one hour, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Later that evening, we had a small function for the teachers-to-be, wherein everyone was sharing their experiences and we also had dinner organised by the Institute. I am going to miss this batch a lot. I hope that all of us remain in touch and keep practising yoga forever.

Doesn’t it feel amazing when you are part of the reason for somebody’s wellbeing? I feel proud of myself for helping others live a better life. I am extremely grateful to my institute that has entitled me to such good knowledge, helped me improve as a person and evolved me from a student to a teacher.

This batch will forever remain special to me.

|| Hari Om ||


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