Month: February 2012

Day 221: Day 6, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

84 hours of yoga complete. / Bowels moving wonderfully. / Footsteps – featherlight. / Toes are touching head upon limit of Cobra. / Upper, cervical spine loosening up. / Shoulder stand much, much better. / Padma Halasana (lotus in shoulder stand) achieved. / Body not so stiff anymore (thank god for flaxseed oil!) / Ohm’s getting longer. / Dharma Gentle training begins. / Pranayama (breathing techniques), Dharana (focused meditation) and Psychic Development workshop successful. / Feeling, very high…

Day 220: Day 5, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

70 hours of yoga complete. / 2.5 hrs of asanas. Many many pincha mayurasanas =) Many thanks to Paul for those intuitive, subtle, subtle cues to finally get me in this pose – and hold it! Ohhh that class was so worth it just for that glorious triumph at the end! Grateful. / Grateful for anatomy class. Now at least I have a better understanding of what’s going on inside the body as well as out when getting into the poses. / Grateful for my first set of mala beads. Thank you DMJ for preparing them for me to wear. I will cherish these always. With love and gratitude, k. x

Day 219: Day 4, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

56 hours of yoga complete. 5 hours of physical practice today alone. / Grateful for the opportunity to teach my first Dharma I class today. It’s scary and inspiring to realize that, as a teacher, you really do have the power to influence and encourage the atmosphere and mood in the space you’re given. I set out today with one goal: Do my best. Accept that I will inevitably make a few mistakes. Remember that that’s alright. And call upon Agustin, Mark and Dharma Ji  to try and give to others what these three mentors bring forth in me: an emotional response. Today I fulfilled that goal, and for that I am grateful.

Day 218: Day 3, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

42 hours of yoga complete. That’s more hours in 3 days than I do on an average work week! / Grateful for every moment. And this is turning out to be far more emotional than I thought… / I remember in Year 8, a friend telling me about the moment he first stepped into a church and was filled with this almighty sense of surrender and conviction. How the emotions were so strong he couldn’t help but express himself with silent tears. I first felt this during my early Dharma yoga days with Augustin in St Lucia… Then my New Year’s practice earlier this year with Joakim in Hong Kong… Every time Mark plays Krishna Das’ sweet, sweet music and reminds me of all the reasons I am standing on that mat at that particular moment in time. Today, it was clear that for me and many other people in the room, this thing that we’re all going through together is something so deep and so special that there simply are no words. Only tears – …

Day 217: Day 2, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

28 hours of yoga complete in 2 days. Amazing how much you can do when you switch out of your 9 to 5 (9 to 6? 9 to 9? 8.30 to 7?) and find that reason, that ikigai, to get out of bed at 5am in the morning and persevere until 9… 9.30 pm at night. / Today I’m grateful for Terri, I’m grateful for Just Salad, I’m grateful for our 4-hour yoga practice this morning, I’m grateful for Dharma’s cheeky and refreshing and reverential way of teaching (guiding), I’m grateful for our 2-hr Yoga Nidra session and falling asleep under a nice warm blanket, I’m grateful for our inversion workshop this afternoon and getting the opportunity to start teaching each other in small groups. Grateful, grateful, grateful, as always. Right… BED TIME! x

Day 216: Day 1, DY LOAY TT 200-HR Intensive.

I will not write much because I am pooped. But just wanted to spare a few moments at the end of today to give a bit of thanks and gratitude for all that I’ve witnessed, all that I’ve experienced, all that I’ve learned and all those I’ve met today. / It was a very surreal experience waking up at 5am this morning, wrapping up in my ski jacket and walking the 15 blocks or so from this place to the Dharma Yoga Center, the pavements still wet with the rain that had just ceased and reflecting the various neon lights of shops that were yet to open. This will be my daily commute, twice a day, at dawn and way past dusk, for the next 9 days. This is my dhyana before dhyana, my pre-meditation meditation. No music. No phonecalls. No company. Nothing but the long, straight and perfect avenues up ahead and the streets that cut across in perfect horizontal lines – the only reason I have cause to blink. / Today, I had the …

Day 215: New York… and a bag full of meds!

Well, well, well. Whatdyaknow. Whoddathunk 1 year on I’d be back here on my own and with a nice, fat blog to document it all 😉 / New York, very pleased to meet you again. Albeit under slightly different circumstances. But, as always, go easy on me and I’ll happily deal with the rest. / Needless to say, grateful for flight 7 of 14. That’s kinda weird actually. I never counted the passing of time with flight units before. Does this mean I’m halfway through my journey then!? =O Nahhhh. Looks like the best has yet to come =) / I have never been so grateful for, or appreciative of, the power of medical drugs before. I’m sorry, but when you really need to get well – ASAP – I gotta say, the stuff does work! Over the last 4 days I have probably consumed an entire kilo of meds. I feel like I’ve just gone through dialysis and a fluorescent yellow, Vitamin C-saturated blood transfusion. But I’m glad to say that with a final …

Day 214: Clarityn, My Big Fat Traveling Buddha, That magical space underneath your bed and Dinner with Kav and Dani…

Grateful for Clarityn. No more sniffles! / Grateful for that long forgotten, magical space that lies hungry, waiting underneath your bed. And grateful that the final residue of my stuff managed to fit underneath Jo’s! / Grateful for my big, fat, laughing, dancing, traveling Buddha. From Guilin to Hong Kong to all my many different homes in London, this hefty little dude has always been there for me to rub his little firm and tubby belly. Grateful! / Dani, Kav – thanks for making it to dinner tonight. See you in a few weeks! x

Day 213: Pancake Day, Kleenex, Lemsip and Veet…

Grateful for Pancake Day. And the fact that I actually made it to Pancake Day this year! / Grateful for Kleenex! / Grateful for Lemsip! Although I have a feeling I might have OD-ed on this today! / Grateful for Veet. I take it back. I think these may actually be better than the Parissa kit I blogged about on Day 138. It’s so much less hassle and probably more effective! =) / I have come to the conclusion that there is a reason why I’ve gotten ill now. I begged for the chance to get some down time to unwind before this course. I guess this was the universe’s way of saying chill the f*ck out and stop working, stop moving, stop thinking and stop planning. In a way it’s true. I wouldn’t have put my laptop down had I not been so ill I couldn’t even bear to look at it. I may be ill, but I sure am grateful! 😉 x

Day 212: The Foo Fighters and Being ill right now…

Grateful for the Foo Fighters and their latest album, Wasting Light. Rest assured this song will be playing in my ears on my way to and throughout Peru =) / Grateful I have come down with a cold and the flu 4 days before I’m due to head off on my adventures… Better now than later right! / Thanks, Dani, for picking up my soup and meds from the shops tonight. Lord knows I need alot of this right now: Vitamin C, Veg C and a whole lot of TLC! / I will, I will, I WILL get better!!