At the beginning of the year I went to India to do my Yoga Teacher Training Course in Rishikesh and I was definitely not expecting it to be this way. Rishikesh is a mountain village, located at the foothills of the Himalayas. It is vibrant and full of life with nice people, plenty of cows, dogs, and monkeys and, of course, tasty food and multiple bakeries.
Rishikesh Yoga Teacher Training Center
I will start by recommending the best school I could have ever picked, RishikeshYTTC.
First of all, this is not a school but it’s a family. People here look after you the same way your family does.
The accommodation is great and they have a big garden, the food is delicious and fresh and the teachers very well prepared.
I did research for more than a month and I wasn’t sure about the decision I made, but it turned out to be amazing. If you ever decide to do a Yoga Teacher Training Programme, this is, for sure, the best place to do it.
How do I feel after 1 month in Rishikesh?
First of all, I feel sore after the last 2 intense days. Tomorrow is our last class and we will do the 108 Sun Salutations (that I never thought I’ll be able to do. Still don’t know if I will. I’ll update on this tomorrow).
*Later edit: I did the 108 Sun Salutations! It was quite an interesting experience.
After 1 month, I feel like I challenged myself, both physically and psychically. Also, I managed this hard schedule that’s been going on for so long.
I feel my body got stronger, but at the same time tired after practicing 4-5 hours a day. I feel I’m more technical and learned what body alignment really is.
Maybe the hardest thing I had to learn this month was to feel comfortable in my own body. I had to deal with intensive pain, understand where’s my limit and how to compensate for that.
It was not intense, but I had horrible muscular pain. I don’t see it that bad now because we were mixing between practice and theory.
The second and third week
These were the real deal. We ended up doing 4-4.5 hours a day of physical activities.
I had to make it through the second week with stretched, painful hamstrings that were hurting in every possible move.
The third week was when I felt the change and I saw my body can align itself better. It was the moment when I understood the difference between squeezing a muscle and engaging it, how to lift the chest, how to shift body weight and, surprise, how to correctly sit straight (apparently, I didn’t even know that).
This was my moment of mixed feelings. I felt in shape at the beginning, then completely sore (I couldn’t sleep at night because of the pain). Firstly I felt energized, then my energy level went so low that not even 11 hours could make it better. I even skipped two classes in one day because I couldn’t get my body to cooperate.
Now it’s all over and it feels both good and bad. I had one of the best months I could’ve dreamt of and I’ve met the nicest people ever.
I strongly recommend to any of you, if you get the chance, to go to do your Yoga Teacher Training in Rishikesh at YTTC and have the greatest experience.
I’m looking forward to the next part of the journey. I don’t know clearly what will come next, but on the 15th we’ll be in New Delhi to pick up my mom and Andrei’s mom who come to visit us for.
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