Week 1: Learning to Learn (Cherlene 1)

What an abrupt start to something I have contemplated over for the longest time; the unexpected happened- I called to register myself for October’s YTT the day before class commences.

Yoga started as ‘mandatory maintenance exercise’ for me 5.5 years ago after I had successful shed over 15kg. It was also slowly becoming ‘the thing’ to do- a girlfriend shared about her Bikram experience and the next thing I knew, I was dashing out of a Hot Yoga class to befriend the studio’s toilet bowl. Much has changed since, and yoga has become more than just exercise. I lost my practice in late 2014 and 2015, and while I was happy to have found it again in 2016. I am no longer satisfied with going for daily classes. I want to be in a ‘yoga bubble’.

“Some things cannot be taught; they must be experienced. You never learn the most valuable lessons in life until you go through your own journey.” – Roy T. Bennet

One week into the YTT, I guess the common theme is really about Learning. Learning the Surya Namaskar again, learning to familiarise myself with Sanskrit names of poses I know by heart, and most importantly, learning with students from various walks of life and understanding of yoga… I feel like I am back to where I was 5 years ago, eagerly absorbing everything yoga.
The week went on like how one can imagine a yoga classroom will be – daily practices, yoga theory, yoga pedagogy, philosophy, and interaction with our teachers and classmates. I look forward to each new day, even though waking up at 6 a.m. is a complete nightmare.

In learning more about what I have grown passionate about, every bit of information was precious. In wanting to learn more, I learned to be more learnable. I learned to unlearn what I thought I knew, and relearned what was taught in class. Letting go of my prior knowledge to come into class a blank canvas, was the greatest takeaway – I made small but significant alignment changes to my asanas, I learned to remember to be more aware consciously, I learned to allow myself experience the experience, I learned to breathe once more.