Please forgive my timing for update on my study with Chi & Co but with the launch only coming around late May I am a little back logged with updates about the course & my homework. Rewinding… To March!
I had a lot of homework to catch up on after missing the first month and only joining my fellow yogis at Lendrick Lodge instead of January. The reading list we were given is fairly extensive and fairly daunting considering I hadn’t picked up a book in quite some time! However my first task was reading ‘Mula Bandha – The master key’ which was a really great read and grasped my attention quite the thing. Good thing too! As my homework related to bandhas (energetic keys) and the meaning of each one and what benefits you receive and how they work. A book I will also be referring to throughout my course is Energy in Season which is a colourful, beautifully interesting book and I always enjoy referencing to it throughout my studies. The training weekend for March began on a Friday with our Seasonal Yoga practice on focus on Spring. This Season is about starting a fresh and clearing out with the old to begin preparing from the new. A lot of the poses during our Spring session contained a lot of side stretches and had particular focus on the meridian points. We had a posture workshop followed by a lecture from Sue Woodd on the gall bladder meridian points and energy exercises followed by a meditation led by Julie Hanson. An early start with our very own fountain of yoga knowledge Marit Griffith followed by pranayama (breathing) practice, introductions to our yoga topics Cakras, Mula Bandha and Ashwini Mudra. Afterwards we participated in a fairly energetic Ashtanga class taught by Cathy Moran which was just so refreshing and enjoyable. I am used to Hatha yoga which is much more laid back and relaxed compared to Ashtanga. Luckily this class woke me up quite the thing for our lectures ahead of us… Intro to Yamas from Marit, Skeletal system and the spine with Dr Ros Jamieson, A great presentation of the anatomy of joints with Sue and a posture workshop.
Our training weekend was exhausting but very interesting and introduced me to new things in yoga which I am still getting to grasps with. The thing I have struggled with with regards to the course is learning to say the Sanskrit names correctly but hopefully come the Winter season I will be a pro at reciting them… heres hoping anyway!
I have a fair amount of homework to do with regards to yamas (i.e goals) which I will share with you all very soon.
Love and Hugs