Bikram Teacher Training Fall 2010

A Yogini's Journey to Become a Bikram Yoga Teacher...

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Group 10!

Just a quick shout-out to my Teacher Training posture clinic group...

GROUP 10!!!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

On The Schedule!

I am writing on this on both my blogs this week. I'm too excited not to!

I now have my first class scheduled! You know, the first Bikram Yoga class I will be teaching... It is scheduled for December 2nd at 8pm, at the studio I practice at in Toronto.


I never thought when I started this yoga six years ago that I would actually become a teacher and teach it!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tower Of Shame!

Want to see how we roll on a Saturday morning at Bikram Yoga Teacher Training???

Here you go...

Yep. That's me doing Salabhasana (Locust). And, of course, I am rocking the Tower of Shame water bottle.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Week Five: Still Alive!

I am so out of it!

Look how tired I am in the video??? We had a lot of late nights. And I completely forgot to mention in the video that Juliana (The Dancing J) came and visited us this week! (Thanks for everything J!!!)


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Best Quotes Overheard In Class.

  • "I called you an 'idiot.' But that's a compliment. You know why? Because I used to call you 'dumb fuck.'"
  • "Push your hips, stomach, balls boobs, dick... EVERYTHING forward toward the mirror!"
I tell you... This is an amazing education I am getting here during these 9 weeks.

Krishna, It Takes TWO To Have A Dialogue.

So, last night was a late night. But absolutely no complaints from me... I got about two hours of sleep and had a tough morning class. But my evening class was one of my best. And then I went to posture clinic and banged out another posture tonight.

So, despite the lack of sleep, I pulled through. However, I still have thoughts from last night's movie running through my head.

We watched about four episodes from the Mahabharat.

I won't go into what all the TV series is about... But I will point out that it is LONG. There are 94 episodes. And the production quality is pretty cheez-tastic. The story is indeed interesting, despite having to read subtitles throughout the whole thing. And then there is Krishna...

Krishna is a character in the movie. And he likes to talk a whole lot. In one of the episodes we watched, it was 99% Krishna talking... And one other character listening.

The only thing that kept running through my head while watching the film was, "I could never date you, Krishna. You're all 'me-me-me-me' and don't let anyone else speak."

I was really sleep deprived. And hungry. And missing the usual star of our films.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

"We Can See Your Balls. Put Them Away."

Please note:

Whether you are male or female, if you wear shorts that do not go right up against your skin - but, rather, hang loosely around your thighs - when you do Standing Bow Pulling pose, we will be able to see whether or not you are wearing underwear.

More importantly, should you choose to NOT wear underwear under your loosely hanging shorts, we will be able to see all your "goods in the hood" contained in the shorts.

So, for men, this means we will be able to see your balls. For women, we'll see whatever you got hanging around down in your shorts too.

So for the love of Sweet Baby Jesus on Christmas morning, please wear underwear. I don't want to inadvertently see what you're packing.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

36 Down... 61 To Go.

We are 36 classes in to this teacher training. Which means we have 61 left to do.

That may sound daunting... But the yoga is the easiest thing we do here. It's all the other stuff that we have to learn that is (at times) a bit overwhelming. People are starting to breakdown physically and emotionally here. (Not me, yet.) Postures every day to learn and recite... Tests... Long lectures... A really hot room...

We're not at the halfway point yet. But once we get past week 5 (next week is week 5) things will start to feel better.

Let's just keep pushing forward, and this too will pass!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Week Three: The Week The Cold Came.

Here is you Week Three update.

P.S. Doesn't it look like I have vampire fangs in this starting screen shot? Channeling Bella Swan in "Breaking Dawn."

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Week Three, Moving Fast!

Week three started today. And we are moving fast.


Bikram is out of town for the next two weeks, which means we won't be having late-night lectures and movies. In place, though, we will be going full force with anatomy lessons (with tests) AND doing at least (I imagine) six postures...
  • Awkward
  • Eagle
  • Standing Head to Knee
  • Standing Bow
  • Balancing Stick
  • Standing Separate Leg Head to Knee

I know Awkward, all three parts. Eagle is in my brain too. But the rest? Uh... Umm... Uh... Yeah. I will be staying up late to get those stuck in my head.

My goal for tonight is to get Eagle verbatim. I will do Awkward tomorrow, and hopefully Eagle by Thursday at the latest. As soon as I deliver Awkward, I will also get Standing Head to Knee in my head verbatim.

Once Eagle is delivered, I'll add Standing Bow.

Once Standing Head to Knee is delivered, I'll add Balancing Stick... And so on.

The goal for the next two weeks is to stay two postures ahead. But once the fifth week hits, that will all change. I will need to be at least three postures ahead, as we could conceivably have to deliver three postures in one day.


Okay. Time to stop writing and start studying. Wish me luck!!!

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Week Two!

Week Two is done! Yay!!!

Here is your update...

(Please excuse the tired-looking face. We didn't get much sleep this week.)

Friday, October 1, 2010

A Yogi Disco Break.

This is what happens late at night at teacher training...

We take a disco break.