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Simran: 13 Things I’ve Learned in 13 Weekends of YTT

We’re approaching the 13th weekend (!!!) of our YTT and what better way to wrap up
my slew of blog posts with a summary of what I’ve learnt 😉

So, here’s 13 Things I’ve Learned in 13 Weekends of YTT.
1. Yoga seems peaceful and calm but it may very easily lead to injury
so maintain your awareness and form in every pose.
2. The aim is never to just get into a pose; it’s always to manage to do a pose
and maintain it with strength and not just momentum.
3. With regular and safe practice, even someone with scoliosis may be able
to do the Wheel pose!! (shoutout to Xiao Hui!)
4. Inversions are likely to make you feel deliriously happy.
5. Your body is like your moods – everyday can be different, which means that
one day you’d be able to do a challenging pose effortlessly and the next day it could be a huge struggle.
6. Some bodies are just not built to do certain poses, and that doesn’t mean you’re a failure.
It means you’re respecting your natural limits.
7. ‘Hands to heart centre’ may mean verrry different things to some people.
8. If you feel like tadasana (Mountain pose) is super easy to do, then you’re probably doing it wrong 😉
9. Yoga gives you dem gainzzz – I mean, yoga really strengthens your body and gives you defined
muscles in places you’d never considered.
10. The trick to walking soundlessly in a silent yoga studio is to squeeze like you’re trying to
control your pee. It works.
11. ‘Tuck’, ‘Depress’ and ‘Engage’ will become forever ingrained in your mind and soul.
(Honorary mention for ‘externally rotate’)
12. Teaching a yoga class will surprisingly be one of the most fulfilling things you’ll ever get to experience.
Just witnessing your students progressing so much in 1 short hour will be a beautiful memory.
13. Suddenly deciding to sign up for your YTT at The Yoga Mandala will be one of the best life decisions you’ll ever make.
I know it’s mine.

Thanks Jessica and Alexis, with all my heart and soul 🙂

I’ll miss the studio and my weekends with these 9 wonderful ladies (Nia the Graceful yet Sassy M***** M***** and my
ultimate lunch buddy, Carmen with the bangin’ body and the most generous heart, Xiao Hui my fave impossible-achieving
cutie with a hidden ~VuLgAr~ side, Preeti our resident fortune teller who loves all of our astrological signs,
CP who’s one of the most giving and caring people I’ve ever met, Sylvia our handstand superstar whose RBF belies an
unbelievably kind soul, Tinapabana my Russian sista from another mutha, Rachelle my bounce-loving walking yoga Google,
Felicious the most accident-prone yet most-resilient) so much.

I’m not crying, I just live in an Indian household where truckloads of onions are being peeled. *sob*

RYT200 Aug’20 Weekend