This week we passed the midpoint of the yoga teacher training (YYT) at Thrive Yoga. On Wednesday, Pierre Couvillon flew in from Indiana to deliver a double whammy: Sanskrit and ayurveda. With utmost patience he coaxed and prodded us to give up clinging to our tortured pronunciation of asanas and the Yoga Sutras. Who knew that a language class could be as grueling, focused and liberating as our first taste of leading a yoga session, as we did on Monday. Certainly in two days, we were not going to master Sanskrit, but Pierre’s enthusiasm for the lanugage and his understanding of the surprising logic and consistency of Sanskrit let us appreciate the value to digging a little deeper, and he has made available audio files that will allow us to finetune our ears and minds.
Repeat, repeat, repeat. Connect your vocal chords with the nadis spiraling up the spine.
We sat on the floor still our hips ached.
Wads of blankets do not approach the difficulties of practicing yoga, but we did get the fundamentals of why it’s important for expectant mothers to start or continue their yoga regime.
As the week wore on, all of us were drawn irresistibly towards deep restorative postures, guided meditation, and yoga nidra. I found that I could not get to sleep at night without first spending 30 minutes will my legs up the wall in my study.