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Week 2. Reena (2/6)

Week 1 is over and here we are at week 2.

Got to experience our first teaching experience today and I would say it really feels very different from being the one practicing on the mat. Teaching brought yoga to another perspective. From the teacher’s point of view it looks and feel really different. Rather than just being so focused on your own practice and awareness of your own bodily states, when you’re the one giving out the instructions, it really boils down to what you can pour unto those at the receiving end of your instructions. Maybe that’s why it felt so scary. The fear of saying the wrong things or just coming out not as smoothly as you thought it would be in front of others.

But I’ll get better from here, I hope. To learn to be better everyday.

We also finished 3 standing sequences and I must say that there are so many new things I learned from them. Not just the poses itself, but how to get into it, to stay at it, to breathe through it, to get out of it, and the feeling i get out of it. Really feels a lot different from just knowing about it through regular practices outside of YTT. That is amazing.

From today’s lesson on the 8 limbs of yoga, what I got out of it the most was the part on not comparing ourselves to others. We are all unique individuals with our own strengths, and that we should see ourselves the way just as we are. I must say that I always tend to compare myself to others, wondering why I cannot be as good or as competent as others. Today’s lesson reminded me of how comparison is the thief of joy. It steals our joy, it is ultimately causing violent to ourselves. I want to try to appreciate myself more, for the things I get to do, for the things I can do, rather than to fault myself for my weaknesses. And I hope the same for all of you too.
Butterflies can’t see their wings. They can’t see how truly beautiful they are. Humans are like this too.