Some weeks have passed since I posted an article on my Yoga Prison experience,if you never got to read it, here is the link https://lianneyoung.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/the-yoga-prison/
I can honestly tell you it was one of the hardest challenges I had ever set myself in many ways, for starters the food was all vegetarian (I love nandos), no coffee (I am a coffee lover) no sugar (I love chocolate), no washing machine (I am spoilt), no television (yes I am really spoilt)… these are just a few of the changes.
Week one– I managed to get through and adjusted to my new surroundings which was similar to prisons in fact our food trays were identical.
Adjusting to life with a dozen other women is a challenge, the last time I done this was when I appeared on a channel four reality show “When women rule the world”. This was different as there were no men I could run off to a bar with and play pool……yes I did escape from a reality show. The Yoga women are different with many here to change direction in life, pursue their dreams or like me to learn a new skill.
Week two- This was easier than the previous simply because we had routine and our surroundings had become normal to us and people were wanting to plough on and learn. The one day break they had given us as the end of week one really helped, a simple trip into the heart of Rishikesh was more than a delight as we got to drink coffee! Don’t get me wrong it was no stylish Italian roasted bean I desired, but it was coffee and it had caffeine! Rishikesh has no alcohol and no meat anywhere and if you are caught with alcohol it is a three-month jail sentence.
This weeks schedule changed from the previous as they added Yoga Philosophy with the Yogi master. Yogi and I did not always get on as I had come here to learn a new skill and not change my life and not only this I have gone down with Delhi Belly this week and really could not cope with his classes.
This week is a real challenge as the actual physical classes are harder and one teacher has taken leave due to a bereavement so we were juggled between teachers which really did not help as we were still beginners. What made it worse was Yogi instructed some of the physical classes -it sounds like I dislike him, honestly I dont…its just some people are natural teachers and some are not, he is not.
This week I got my roommate back which is great, we had both adjusted to our surroundings and calmer, I even become used to the bugs and therefore I was not continuing my world war three with the critters. In fact having her back in the room was rewarding in many ways as she is a very open and honest young lady, not addicted to electronics and understands life. We both decided to escape one day well knocking off the philosophy class to go and buy coca cola-my Delhi belly had left me dehydrated and I needed sugar.. the word soon spread that we found the local shop.
Week three– God help me now i am going to pull my damn hair out! I found out the Yogi is only 31 years old which makes him 13 years younger than I. My whole vision of a Yogi master before I came here was of an older man with a long beard, white hair and calming . This is so far from my Yogi- he’s 31 and bit of a hipster with long hair and very up and down with his mood swings and lets not even talk about his philosophy classes… ok we will.. I attended two and the man is off his rocker… he makes no sense what so ever as he keeps going off on his own personal stories, I had to give up going and learn from my text-book as I was completely lost listening to him. I can assure you I was not alone as 75% of the group decided to learn from the book rather than him.
Its a struggle this week as the pressure is on for the exam finals and we have been given no idea what to expect so we can’t revise. My stomach is better now thankfully, however eating the same food for breakfast, lunch and dinner started getting to me. Thankfully they surprised us one day with fried falafals and chips-they even chucked in some ketchup! I serious now know what ketchup is all about.
Already one women had departed after three days through a sinus infection and now one had a abyss on her face, I had suffered Delhi Belly and now an enema have been introduced!
Now I will be honest here and admit I have done many enema in my life due to my past career as a Porn star (many moons ago)… however there is no way I am going to do one in unsterile conditions or without betidine solution just like I will not put mud on my face which has given someone an infection, I poured salt water through my nose that was enough for me, the others actually pulled rods through theirs…I never done this as again it was not sterile.
The tempature is in the 40s and making us all struggle we need rain!
P.S I have now won all the bets of how long would last
This week was exam week and we had to teach a 45 minute class and then a 90 min class, I find the practical side easy as I am already qualified in fitness and have run classes, however I could see others were so I tried my best to help them. First I stole a clock form the main office so they can look at the time rather than their phones well running a class, I also lend people my master learning book which is a brand I use for all fitness routines-The Anatomy of fitness (Yoga) they cover all kinds of fitness and show actual muscles worked and benefits- it is a students dream. I have studied continuously in my life so have learnt what is good and bad along the way and belive in helping others.
I passed the 45 minute class which helped me feel confident of passing the 90 minute class.
The 90 minute exam was going to be supervised by the lead teacher so everything had to be near perfect, fortunately I am pleased to say I passed the practical exam with flying colours. Now it was revision for the theory, I had read all about the Chakras and Pranayamas and everything else we have had to learn along the way and it was near impossible to remember everything so I decided I just go with it- Yoga is meant to be relaxing not stressing.
The last day and night- How happy was I too see this day-whoever thinks a Yoga teacher training course is simple are wrong. The highs and the lows have all been worth it as I have passed all my exams including theory which means I am now a qualified Yoga teacher.
The last day another transition was setting in as we would all be going our separate ways tomorrow-mine was to run off to the golden sands of Malaysia for a well-earned rest.
The last evening was spent listening to a traditioanal Indian band which was a great experience. The following morning was the closing ceremony where we received our certificates and posed for the camera before leaving for our flights.
Considering an Indian Yoga school
Be prepared for hard work both physically and mentally and if taking a course in India don’t expect luxury. The heat is something else and not for people who dont like it, there are bugs everywhere and there is nothing you can do about it so take this on board.
You will meet others from all walks of life and not all you will get on with so go with the flow and brush it off and surround yourself with the ones that compliment you.
Dont think it’s a summer camp as it’s not. Its long days, continuous study and very early mornings.
PS…I went in at 68kg and came out at 60kg! watch out for my next next article on how to loose 8kg in 4 weeks.