there are no shortcuts

Second week into YTT and things are starting to heat up. Strength training level up and we learn to dissect poses piece by piece. There are a couple things I realized going through week 2.

There is absolutely no shortcuts in this training. My teacher keeps pounding the importance of taking things one step at a time. Going back to basics and having a grounded foundation in the fundamental asanas are very important to nail on advanced poses in the future. This also means having integral body parts activated and know what to feel when doing certain poses. It’s a lot of hard work but seeing the progress bit by bit is very uplifting.

Doing all the hard work leads to another realization where your body adapts to changes quickly. To better understand this, we usually do strength trainings after morning meditation. Different days have different target body parts. Towards the end, when we are practicing our asana, we just get into the pose easily (or probably not). Though he pose is not nailed perfectly but the progress of just lifting your bum up using core strength and is next to impossible a few months ago. There may be little casualties along the way though- such as pain in the wrists, elbow blisters, bruises here and there but hey, success comes with battle scars too. lol

Lastly, being one with your breath is the apex of this week’s post. You cannot just disregard breathing when doing yoga-especially in asanas. Deep inhales and much deeper exhales are needed to create prana or life-force that will sustain you in holding on to different postures. Breathing cannot be half-hearted. it’s either you breathe it all in and expel all the carbon dioxide out, or not breathe at all (the latter is not a good option btw). Breathing techniques are not easy by the way. There are also steps on how to do it properly so that blood circulation goes smoothly as you practice yoga or even do anything outside yoga. It helps to get to know some of these because there are breathing exercises which are contraindicated for those with certain injuries, terminal illnesses or even those who have their menstrual period.