Before I boarded the flight in Shanghai to leave my home for the last almost 3 years and head to Bali's paradise for a one month's Ashtanga yoga teacher training (lucky girl), above all I was anxious.
Though I've been waiting with excitement for this moment and forthcoming period for several months, when the date came close I started feeling I was throwing myself into the unknown.
The unknown in the long run: leaving my everyday life, my friends and my beloved home in Shanghai without a date for my come-back.
And the unknown in the short run: going alone to the South of Bali and spend one intense month close together with Indian yoga teachers and 12 other yoga professionals (12 yogis probably 12 times as skilled and 12 times as prepared than me...).
With very small voice, I literally told Leon the night before departure from Shanghai that I wish I could cancel the training and just go to Bali with him and chill. No commitment, no leaving of my comfort zone, no worries and no risk of being disappointed with my personal yoga level when comparing to the other "experts".
Well of course I went. I was very nervous before arrival and I was very happy and relieved when Day 1 had passed. I think our teacher Trupta must have read my thoughts as he asked us to clap at the end of our evening mediation for that same reason: you all made it through day 1.
So here I am: in paradise, surrounded by the most friendly and interesting personalities, learning about & practicing my passion from 6.30 morning to 7.30 evening every day and being taught and guided by inspiring yogis from Mysore in India. Yes as you can read between the lines, it's amazing.
With everything I've been introduced to, everything practiced and everything I learned so far I know it will be a life changing experience and be above my expectations.
What I don't know is what I was scared of before I went. And why the unknown and the unfamiliar brings insecure feelings, even when we know it's silly. It's all in that mind of ours and as the days go by here in Bali, trough meditation & yoga theory + practice we learn about mastering our minds.
Here's 5 things I've been reminded about during my first week of my Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training:
1. Worrying about tomorrow only takes away today's happiness
2. Getting out of our comfort zone is the true way to changing our reality, discovering new perspectives and feeling alive
3. We should all find a way to slow down mentally. Read less, do less, process less. Choose quality over quantity in terms of what we want our brain to process. Is our passion really in the daily news or on our Facebook news feed (cause that's a ton of impressions our brain has to process - using energy and capacity that could be used on something we actually care about or are interested in from the bottom of our heart)
4. When we do something we love, we stop looking, craving and asking for happiness: we become happiness
5. Sun, fresh air & the ocean heals just about anything
Do something for yourself today friends and always seek to get closer to that "true self" of yours. I definitely feel I'm on a journey doing just that and through yoga I'm slowly uniting my body & my mind in a way I never imagined possible!
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