Let the training begin!

Here we go!

I had LOTS of anticipation building up to the first day of training. What is my day going to be like? Will my yoga skills be up to par? Who will I meet? Did I bring all the right things? This is such an emotional adventure-very exciting, yet scary doing it all by myself.

Let me back up by telling you about Vikasa and why I chose to come here. I was browsing online researching several different yoga schools. After comparing almost every studio in Thailand, this website jumped out to me and I felt I really connected with it. For one thing, during the program I would have several different teachers, with different perspectives instead of just one teacher covering all the material. EVERY single teacher here is amazing so far (I will go into more detail later). Also, I’m all about being one with nature, but I do prefer air conditioning, a decent bathroom, and NOT sleeping in a mosquito net. The accommodations here are reasonable and I don’t have to share a room with anyone. We do need to work on that wi-fi thing though 🙂 We are just a short walk away from the studio and several different shops, banks, food etc. One other very important factor that influenced my decision is that Vikasa has an organic raw food cafe. So this course not only covers the material for a yoga certification, but we get to learn about eating healthy as well. Meals are included in the program (even on our days off) and the food is incredible!! I will admit at first I was a little scared that I wouldn’t like the food, or would crave a big hamburger or something, but all of our meals are full of variety and the taste is amazing! Here is my plate from breakfast 🙂 YUM!

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Every morning we have fresh juice made for us and it’s something different every day. For example: watermelon, pineapple/celery, carrot, and green juice. And if you’re wondering how I’m getting by without any desserts, think again…I’ve pretty much tried ALL of the desserts and they are ALL DECLICIOUS!

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So far I’ve met some wonderful people from all over the world. It’s funny how we all have such similar stories on what lead us to Samui and Vikasa for teacher training. I seemed to instantly bond with 3 girls and we stick together pretty much everyday. We have such a good time together as you can see. Meet Amanda from Singapore, Aline from Montreal, and Rethabile from South Africa.

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So here’s a glimpse into my first week…
We start each morning off with Pranayama (breath work) and meditation for an hour or so. We even got to practice on the beach one morning! There are some pics on my FB wall but here is one of the ocean…so peaceful!

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Then we have a practice with George, who is a human pretzel. So fun to watch him get into these poses!

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This week we had Michelle Lam who is a registered physiotherapist in town from Hong Kong teaching us Anatomy. For a few of the days we had lecture instead of practice. I really enjoyed the anatomy section as we learned about our bodies, injuries, and the correct way to get into postures. Michelle is brilliant and a little sassy as well 🙂

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Then it’s on to breakfast…

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After breakfast we have a 2 hour lecture. This week we studied sanskrit with Ram

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Ram's lectures are so interesting and he is so much fun! He even got us to write our own names in Sanskrit!

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Then we typically get a 2 or 3 hour break during the day. Yes sometimes we go to the beach and sip on fresh coconut water…

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But most of the time we are so tired and exhausted we can’t even see straight.
After our break we have practice with Kosta. Words can’t describe how unbelievable he is, so I’ll have to post some pics of his crazy poses later. His class involves a lot of conditioning and strengthening, so I can hopefully do poses like this one day…

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We usually leave with sore wrists and arms, but I really do feel like I’m getting stronger. At the end of each practice we get about 10 minutes or so on our own to work on whatever we want.

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Then we have a yummy dinner and we’re done for the day. Sometimes we go for a quick swim or a massage, but again we’re normally way too exhausted for anything as we wake up early to do it all again!

I feel like I’ve already learned so much here! The word Vikasa means “evolution”, so I’m excited to see what changes and developments lie ahead for me in the weeks to come. I’ll try to update as much as I can!

Namaste

Sawatdee Kaa (Hello)

Hello all! First off I apologize for the delay. Apparently my first lesson learned is that “free wi-fi” doesn’t mean that the wi-fi actually has to work. I have now been here in Samui for a week and have been able to log in here at my apartment only twice. Some days the internet is down all day and other times it’s just a bad connection, and that’s just how it is here. So I will try to update as much as possible when I can.
My plane ride over was…well…LONG! I flew into New York (JFK), then on to Frankfurt, Germany. We ended up sitting on the plane for 2 hours for some technical problems before we were able to take off. After finally landing in Singapore I realized I just barely missed my flight to Koh Samui. Since everyone on the plance had been traveling for 20+ hours the airline offered to send us to a hotel in the city so we could sleep since the next flight out was not until 8 hours later. I have to admit I was very excited to see Singapore, even if it was just for a few hours. So I managed to take a nap, eat some delicious (but very spicy) lunch, and walk around the city for a bit. It was beautiful!! I attempted to take a shot out of the cab window 🙂

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After a total of 48 (ish) hours, I finally landed in Samui. I was bummed that I didn’t get to see the beautiful views since I was flying in at night, but it was pretty cool to see the Kongming lanterns light up the sky.

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After checking in at the Boonjumnong Apartments, I was finally able to sleep with lots of anticipation of what was to come.
The following day I was able to walk over to Vikasa and meet some of my fellow trainees. We decided a day on the beach was needed before our training, so we headed off to the W Resort to soak up some rays. Everyone here is so nice, and I ended up meeting some amazing ladies!!

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As you can see, the island is GORGEOUS, and the weather is perfect. Well, just a little humid for the sake of my hair 😉 And even though I have layers and layers of bug spray on, I am also covered head to toe in mosquito bites. Small price to pay for paradise. The people here are VERY friendly and everything is so affordable! We went out to a nice dinner and paid under 200 Baht (which is around $6!!). So far this place is unbelievable. Stay tuned as I fill you in on the first week of teacher training…