It is hard to summarize all the learning I did in one month into a blog post…so, I’m not going to put pressure on myself to do that! I am going to share some takeaways that I brought back with me from my time on and off the mat in Ubud while I assisted on a 200-hour yoga teacher training course offered by the School of Sacred Arts (the same school I received my 200-hour yoga certification from).
Morning Meditation is my Medicine. Every morning, I would rise at 4:45 AM and make my way to The Yoga Barn’s Lotus Studio no later than 5:45 AM. There is something magical about waking up that early, hearing the sounds of the island, seeing the stars still twinkling outside and settling into a meditation practice as the sun began its slow climb into the sky. Meditation has a variety of benefits I am sure we are all familiar with at this point, but I found that these morning meditations provided me with a sense of peace, purpose, and intention for the remainder of my day. I also started to become okay with the fact that my meditation is more of my yoga practice these days…more so than a super-challenging, sweaty, twisty, bendy asana class.
Little acts of kindness can make all the difference. It was awesome being able to assist a number of teachers and twenty-eight students over the past month. What was even better was witnessing the little acts of kindness occurring between everyone on a daily basis. From someone bringing another person a tea when they weren’t feeling well to a hug that was offered to me by a student at the end of a long week, these little acts brightened up our days. I saw them happening all over the place…these little moments of care between human beings makes the world a better place.
Slowing down is so important! I wrote a little post on this the other day, but it was one of my best takeaways. It is very easy for all of us to get caught up in the GO! GO! GO! of our everyday lives. What should be just as easy, and, for some reason isn’t, is the ability to slow down and take stock of what is occurring in the moment. By reminding myself to intentionally slow down, I am able to enjoy the moment and realize that not everything is as urgent as I make it out to be.
Support is necessary. This trip would not have happened if I didn’t have the support from a lot of people in my life! While I used to believe it was me against the world and that I needed to do everything on my own and not be dependent on anyone else, I realize how important having your own personal “team” beside you can make all the difference. From little words of encouragement to actual, physical assistance on tasks, the people in our lives want to help, want to know they are needed, and want to know they are impacting your life in a positive way. I have so many people to thank for making the past month happen!
What are some lessons you are learning though your practice both on and off the mat?