I survived Sivananda TTC

Trip Start Nov 09, 2006
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Trip End Dec 21, 2006


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Monday, December 11, 2006

Day 30 of my trip and it's all over!!!  I did it!  I'm a Sivananda yoga teacher now!!  I thought the day would never come.  I painfully counted each and every single day and once we got to about day 15....I could start counting how many days were left.
The Sivananda TTC (Teacher Training Course) has got to be the hardest thing I have ever done in my life.  Every single day I had to remind myself why I was there and why I shouldn't just walk out of the ashram and back to my life...which I have decided is not so bad after all.  The vegetarian diet I could handle.  But four hours of chanting every single day...and I mean EVERY SINGLE DAY....was just too much for me.  Doing 4 hours of yoga asana (postures) a day was an absolute killer.  By the second day I could hardly walk, but then the pain started to gradually fade.  After that I would wake up every day to discover which new part of my body hurt that day.  Then the endless philosophy lectures.  The Bhagavad Gita classes.  The bell would ring at 5:20 to wake us up for the grueling day and would continue to ring throughout the day to let us know that we needed to be somewhere else.  The last thing of the day would end at about 10 at night.  You were lucky if you got half an hour of time to yourself in a day.  Forget yoga training...more like yoga boot camp!
Then the pink eye broke out (conjunctivitis) and it spread like wild fire.  At least half of the 185 students on the course got it.  Then there were all sorts of forms of flu and cold going around.  Tonsillitis....  Then about two of the students got bitten by dogs on the walks we would do around the dam.  Physical, mental, spiritual challenges...they were there.  And I survived them all!  I will write in greater detail about the whole experience later because one entry is never going to be able to capture what it was really like.
It wasn't all doom and gloom though.  I have made some amazing friends at the ashram and have suffered through each and every day with them.  When one of us was down there was always someone there to pick us up.  My body has become flexible in ways I never knew possible.  I have become stronger and developed muscles that never existed before.  I can do the headstand and hold it for about two minutes (really proud of that!!!).  My will power has been strengthened big time!!  But best of all....I can teach yoga!!
I completed the final exam on day 28, Saturday 9th December and was awarded my certificate that evening.  Then Sunday, I boarded a 20 hour train to Goa with a Greek friend of mine from the course, Georgios.....20 hours.  Like we hadn't tortured ourselves enough with a month in an ashram, we went and subjected ourselves to that.  The train wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  The mouse under the chair soon became our friend, but the cockroaches and all of their babies were not that pleasant to have crawling around, especially when you are trying to get some sleep.  Thankfully the journey is behind us now and we have a beautiful beach to lie on and contemplate what we have just been through for the next 9 days.  I intend on having far too many Kingfishers (beers) tonight and celebrating all of the comfort zones that I have successfully smashed to smithereens!!!!
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mamas18momo on

Congratulations!
Marisa,

As always, I am in awe and inspired by your courage. I will continue to pray for you in your journey to find purpose, as I have faith that every moment invested is worth it. Hopefully, our paths will cross again soon, but in the meantime take care of you!

Best Wishes,

Autumn

Michelle on

Hi, I have just finished the ttc at neyyar dam. And I know how you fee!! My sentiments exactly!!

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