Daily Archives: October 6, 2012

Day 20 – Reflections


Today is our 3rd Saturday and final day off before graduation comes along next week. It was an easy going Saturday which started pretty late, just about enough time for me to shower and climbed the stairs for breakfast around 10am. Tee and I headed to Chaweng in the afternoon, and I was disappointed to see that Boots had changed their specials of Buy 1 Free 1 to Buy 1 and get 2nd item at 50%. Boo!

In any case we had an awesome Saturday filled with massages, manicure, pedicure, ice cream, pad thai and checking out the Chaweng Night Market which was a change from the usual Fisherman’s Village we always head to at Bo Phut.

Graduation ready toes in Pink and Orange

To mark the end of week 3 I wanted to share some of the changes I have observed within myself and also things which I have come to love about this little island of Koh Samui

1. I feel stronger

Well, I’d like to think that I have gained some strength but whether it be true or only my own delusional self perception, I am surprised I could go through one round of the Vikasa salutation last week while teaching without losing my breath. No doubt that I am waking every morning with some sort of pain somewhere (today it’s my wrists and small of my back), but I think these are all work in progress towards a better more fluid practice in the near future

2. Random asana poses in sanskrit pops in my head while I’m doing random things like brushing my teeth

Today it was Eka Padang Ustrasana. At dinner I casually asked Ram, our yoga philosopher and sanskrit teacher what it means because I have no idea what that name correlates to a pose. And he calmly said “well, Ustrasana means Camel. So if you mean One Legged Camel Pose, I would like to see it because I have NO idea what that is suppose to look like” which obviously got the whole table cracked up and keeling over in their bean bags from laughing so hard. What I should have said was actually – Eka Padangusthasana which is when you stand straight, one leg up with the hand catching the big toe and opening up the hips to one side.

3. I am calmer

I’m attributing this to the combination of being away from the corporate world and its stressors, being surrounded by like minded people, and the accelerated self inquiry which occurs almost on a daily basis. The view of the sea and the sound of crashing waves helps too.

4. Flexibility

In general I do think I am more flexible than I am stronger, but that doesn’t mean that I am completely flexible. There are days I feel stiffer than usual but I surprised myself last week when I lowered my forehead to my knees in a one legged seated forward bend. Breakthrough!

5. I love seeing the town from behind a scooter instead of a tuk tuk

My mum will probably shriek with horror if she knows exactly what I get up between classes and on days off. It is to sit as a passenger at the back of the scooter, holding on to the back of the bike for dear life as the driver in front goes up and down the hilly roads with the wind rushing through. It feels like a roller coaster ride minus the crazy sharp bends and drops.

6. Makeup? What is that?

Stepping out to practice and pranayamas, and whatever else in between without makeup on is liberating. Having perpetual yoga face and yoga hair and the je ne sais quoi attitude on how I happen to look to the rest of the world on any given day while I am here feels awesome. And of course, healthier for the skin too!


Day 19 – Farewell George


Day 19 and the end of week 3. I can’t believe that we have one week left before graduation. This time next week, we will all have sat through our exams/tests (whatever surprises that Kosta has planned for us) and only that much closer to being certified 200hr YA yoga teachers.

We ended the week with the last person from our group leading the 1 hour evening practice. From this exercise I learned that your confidence (or the lack of it) transfers to your students the moment you touch them for an adjustment. The idea of energy field and transference is so apparent in yoga asana practice that you would have to be mindful of it, whether you believe in it or not. A successful sequencing also helps to build a logical structure and flow for your students.

While waiting for Kosta and George to come around to each group for individual feedback, Rodney claimed he felt like he wanted to lift someone up. Which resulted in a rather unsuccessful lifting of Tee in a binded, half moon pose and eventually into this:

Mucking around in evening class – photo courtesy of Tee

Friday also marks George’s last day with the TTC group before he departs back to Bangkok. It was also the end of our anatomy class, which also means it was Karen’s last day with us. Our test for anatomy was quite interesting where we were broken up to groups of fives and had to come up with a case study (i.e. injury, symptomatic afflictions) and 6 postures to ameliorate the symptoms. The key takeaway from this was to adjust gently and with as little skin to skin contact as possible – because again, energetically, this creates a change in both the student and the teacher.

We had a class photo at the end of evening practice which I think is officially our FIRST group photo which included all 25 people within one photoframe

Namaste! Photo courtesy of Clinton Chan

Friday night was spent walking along Bo Phut and I tried my first Banana, Nutella and Cinnamon pancake. Which is really just roti canai with bananas and topped with nutella and cinnamon. The guy that was behind the stall attempted a conversation in Bahasa Malaysia which pretty much consisted of “roti pisang! roti pisang! susu mau?” (banana pancake! do you want some condensed milk?).

Funny, just typing that up gives me a tinge of homesickness. I miss having my broken english conversations, my Manglish and sprinkling of “where got??” and my online conversation with work mates which mostly consists of “i’m done ady (already), lunch jom!”

With that said, I am still in love with my experiences here and the unravelling of each experience as each moment unfolds. I still love each conversation I have with my fellow YITs and teachers. Sometimes I forget that I am here for training. But there hasn’t been a moment where I forget that I am surrounded by the most inspiring and like minded people I have ever met.

Fun times – Photo courtesy of Clinton Chan