Sunday, October 26, 2008

week 6

"Hi guys, it the end of week 6...can you believe it?"

Alright, so we're 2/3 done, and pretty much almost done the dialogue. We're starting Ardha Kurma Aaaasana tomorrow, and hopefully we'll finish the series by the end of the week. It'll be nice to just review the dialogue after...and not have to CRAM any more new dialogue in.

We had a series of lectures this week - Dr. Choudhury (not bikram or raj) gave a lecture mostly on women's gynae...which was actually fairly interesting. Raj gave her theoretical lectures on the physical benefits/effects of the different postures, followed by demonstrations (using students) on how to correctly/incorrectly perform all the postures. Thursday night we had a lecture by Victoria-based physician Dr Devi - a super high- energy, but very intuitive family doctor. Her lecture was basically on a new thought in the medical community: instead of treating chronic illness by starting at the "core" with drugs and surgery, and then progressively branching out into more and more 'esoteric' forms of alternative treatment, it makes more sense to start with things like yoga, and then slowly branch out into the more invasive forms of treatment only as a last resort.
The other theory is that nearly all chronic dysfunction (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) is caused by stress in the body. The idea is that by reducing the caustic effects of stress in the body (yoga, meditation, etc) the symptoms and effects of most chronic illnesses can be greatly reduced. Seems reasonable.

To relax, a few of us took a taxi-ride into the main bay area to go to a nice restaurant called 100% natural. There are actually 4 other ones...but this one sits on a dock in the ritzy Bay of Acapulco. I could almost feel fat ol' Elvis sitting near me drinking margaritas and taking his pills. Ah yes. Back at the hotel Blake and Noelle and I then went and had some tea around the pool, while yammerin' about whatever. Beautiful, beautiful evening!

Today was a lazy-as-fuck day. Pretty much just studied a bit of dialogue, surfed online for hours, slumped around the pool and tanned, and then watched a dumb Sandra Bullock spectaculaire called "The Net" on TV. Then I started dialogue translation. I just translated Half-Moon (La demie-lune) into french. Only 25 more to go! Faaaak.

Week 7 here we gooooo

Saturday, October 18, 2008

week 5...over!


5 weeks, 54 Yoga classes, and 17 dialogue deliveries in posture clinic!

Everything is coming together. It actually feels like I am becoming a teacher. In other words, the transition to the somewhat scary "other side."

The entire week was up and down. Some posture clinics went great, some went poorly. Or what seemed at the time to be poor. These posture clinics are at times harder than the yoga. There's nowhere to really hide; you are on the spot, and it's live or die! You just have to get that dialogue OUT!!! Wednesday's afternoon posture clinic was a turning point: a breakdown, crying included, but a turning point. But you know, sometimes you have to breakdown to breakthrough! Thursday's Posture clinic (cobra) went fantastically well...I was full of energy, and it just felt natural. They said I rocked it...and everyone really knew that, and I knew it too. Friday's BOMB of locust post (I just froze at one spot...couldn't speak!) kept all that in check. As Bikram says...when bad things happen in life, we should be happy as a lark: it means something good is coming very soon. When good things happen, we have to enjoy them carefully, as they will be gone, and something less desirable is soon to follow. I'm not the only one experiencing such changes. There were at least 8 other breakdowns that I personally witnessed, but I'm sure there were many more outside of the group I was in. Anyway.

Yoga is going much better. After the IV issue, I now drink THREE 675ml bottles of Electrolit (mexican pedialyte...they have regular pedialyte, but their brand actually tastes better) per day. One in each class, and once outside of class whenever I feel I need it. It has completely corrected the insane dizziness in class, the blacking out. I have been strongly finishing most of my classes.

Saturday - easy day. The class was COLD. I couldn't believe it - the first time I felt a chill, and barely took any water in class.
Massage - deep tissue. Spa atmosphere. Some guy grinding the hell out of my muscles. Need I say more?
Room service - I've been eating ichiban noodles for my dinners all's time for a treat!

Sunday...probably just more of the same...maybe some poolside, and of course...the dialogue.

Week 6: less posture clinic hours, and now we start covering the therapeutic benefits of the yoga postures with Rajashree (Bikram's wife) She has a degree in yoga therapy, and is the foremost person in the understanding of the deeper workings of the yoga, and how they cure (or alleviate, prevent) many of the common illnesses - some of which debilitating - most people suffer.

Until next weekend!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Week #4

So you'd think by week 4, the dumb drama would sorta be over? Nope.

Monday evening's (or tuesday, I kinda forget) was probably the most unusual class at teacher training, mainly because this has never happened in the 14 years of teacher trainings. Bikram left the class midway because he was upset with us! That class, people were still dying, throwing up, leaving, crying...all of it. So we were left hanging at half-tortoise posture, and that we were going to talk about it at the evening lecture. Needless to say everyone was tip-toeing around, and even the staff had a strangely sombre look on their faces. Just as we thought we were going to be KILLED ALIVE as we were notified boss was coming in the lecture hall, we heard his usual and perky, "check, check, 1,2,3,4"...

He told us he wasn't in a bad mood. He went and did some homework, and was wondering why into week 4 everyone was still shit and "couldn't even do a 90 minute GRANDMOTHER'S CLASS"! He called the yoga room turns out that the room (presumably somewhere around 45-degrees celcius) had NINETY-SEVEN (97) percent humidity. A far cry from the usual 40% humidity. So anyway - we now train with the doors open, with around 15 industrial fans mounted on the walls around the room, and 4-5 of the collapsible ceiling panels removed to allow the cooler (lol - yes the 32-degree "cooler" air!) to filter in.

I had a brief stint in the clinic yesterday morning. I was having trouble getting my hydration under control - I had been getting super dizzy and having to sit down a lot (re:bikram getting pissed) - so they gave me a hydration intra-venous hydration thingy. From now on, I just have to drink a stronger electrolyte solution. (gatorade is too weak)

Dialogue has been shooting along fairly quickly. We've done about 1 to 1.5 postures a day! We are at triangle as of Friday (I still have to do standing seperate-leg stretching, re: sitting in the clinic for 4 hours) It's the weekend though, so I have extra time to practice. Speaking of which...

Monday, October 6, 2008

So it's been a while...

It's been a while since I've posted. Weeks 2 and 3 were kinda rough for me physically, and blogging seemed to be the furthest thing from my mind.

We're getting there.... We're becoming yoga teachers! Posture clinics have started and as I type this, we have all finished the eagle posture. It's amazing to see how people have improved so quickly in just a short amount of time. It seemed it was a question not of ability, but of figuring out how to learn. Some people hadn't had to learn this way in a long time, or ever, really!

Today was also the FIRST time since the beginning of training since I did every posture in the class. Now it seems like, strangely, I have no excuse but to do every posture from here on in. (we'll see how that goes, obviously) It could have been mental, it could have been physical, maybe emotional; whatever it was I'm glad it's gone.

We've had a nice variety of teachers for the past few classes - it's so nice to see the different teaching styles. There are always little quirks about every teacher that we don't like. They talk too much. They hold the postures too long. (the room is too fuckin' hot). They laugh too much. They're too serious. They're too funny. They're too bitchy. They're too yellow, they're too green.
It's obvious part of the training is also to remember to have a bit of compassion...knowing that we'll bit on that podium, having students critique us internally, avoid our classes...haha! But all of that doesn't really matter. The important thing is to remember to have a passion, and just do the job correctly and safely - beyond that...this sounds cliche but...we're all human, and "perfect is boring"!