Yoga Teacher Training – Graduation!
An hour prior to our test, we received a final lecture, emphasizing that the four positive bhavas were central to all the concepts taught here, and everything stems as a result. It was nice to confirm what I had already suspected (that attitude dictates action and therefore results), but in a very simple and straightforward manner.
Our final exam was tougher than I expected. It was an objective test of our knowledge of the concepts we had learned (names and effects of yamas / niyamas, meaning of sutras, psychological effects of asanas). However, the grading was pretty unique: we self-corrected our own papers, and never had to submit them anywhere, and everyone got a certificate. In other words, the test was purely an exercise in svādhyāya and karma yoga! In retrospect, it made a lot of sense: worrying about results distracts us from simply taking the test to take the test.
Besides, the test was only a small portion of what was to come. Apparently, we were the first 1-month batch in several years to be invited to present a program of events for the graduation ceremony, likely because of our diverse backgrounds and skill set. I mean, we collectively represented Japan, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, India, Iraq, Germany, France, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, UK, USA, and Argentina! And some mad skills were offered! (photo credits: Farah and Karin)
One of my realizations here is that connecting with my classmates was a huge part of the experience for a couple of reasons: learning how others learn the material is vital to understanding how yoga is disseminated, and sharing our diverse energies in the same room created an electric atmosphere that sparked vibrant discussions before, during, and after classes. It’s also nice to observe how aligning our frequencies for 1 month, while coming from such diverse backgrounds, can result in so much co-creation, balance of opinion, learning how to live and love each other, and accept ourselves for who we are. and that’s the lesson of the day!
(of course, the real lesson from my yoga course is that it’s all in the mind – stay tuned for more…)