Many of you followed my four week journey to becoming a qualified yoga teacher back in January. Thank you SO much for all your support and kind words, it really does mean an awful lot! But those of you who did will have noticed that I had various issues uploading photos via the iPad whilst I was away, so now I'm home and am back on my trusty Mac I thought I'd do a little visual post to round up my Indian yogic experience. It really was the most incredible journey and I am super excited to share my newfound knowledge with you all now I'm home - it's great to have these experiences, but if you can't share the love then there really is no point to them. Happiness and love are meant to be shared, so join me on this little visual journey, and hopefully you will be even a teensy bit inspired to try some yoga and feel the love!
Welcome to the Yoga Village!
Day One! So pale and naïve as to what was in store...
With some of my beautiful fellow yogis at the beginning of the course
Partner yoga can be an amazing way to deepen stretches (and it's super fun!) - can't believe how far away from the ground my heels are in this, they now go all the way down! It's amazing what can change in your practice over 4 weeks!
Sutra Neti cleansing technique demonstrated by the beautiful Charlie - needless to say there are no photos of me doing this one as I whimped out! I did give it a go but I just couldn't get over the sensation of it going up my nose...something to work on...
Here comes a Kranti adjustment...
Human backpacks to help with chest opening and back bending
Back bending technical class - I call this the human bug!
A little bit more back bending and partner yoga with the beautiful Charlie and Regan
Despite all being off alcohol for the month we still went wild from time-to-time and went out for juices! This one was my favourite - Pineapple, Ginger and Mint mmmmm
Sunday was salad day...we got a bit too excited about salad day, but who wouldn't when they looked like this?!
Of course there were the obligatory sunset-yoga-on-the-beach shots - it's inevitable when you have a bunch of yogis and yoginis living right by the beach for a month!
We had a few furry friends at the Shala who often joined in with our practice - meet little Jimmy, I wanted to bring him home (don't worry Dad, I resisted!)
Morning back bending flow in my favourite Shala
Opening my final assessment class in the most incredible location
If in doubt, take a Child Pose! Final assessment continued...
Feeling the love after teaching my final assessment <3
My beautiful class! Thank you so much, you will never know how much you gave me, I love you all!
Receiving my certificate from Kranti - massive smiles all round! :D :D :D
Annnnnd I'm qualified! WOOOOOOO!
So thank you for joining me on my whistle-stop tour of my 200hr YTTC at Kranti Yoga School - it really was the most amazing four weeks of my whole life, and I'm so glad I gave myself the opportunity to live my dream and experience life. If you are questioning whether you need to do the same in your life at the moment I would say chase it and grab it with all you've got. I'm not a huge fan of acronyms but YOLO really is true - you only live once, and you never ever know how long you've got, so why delay your dreams?
If you have any questions about the course, about yoga, about Goa, about life in general, please do get in touch. The best way to do so is either by leaving a comment here or through my Facebook page: Lucy Victoria Jackson.
I am now back in the UK and am looking to set up some classes in my local area of Ascot, Berkshire, and then potentially in London later down the line. But for now I am keen to begin teaching private yoga classes to individuals and groups, so if you're interested please do get in touch! I'd love to hear from you and spread the yogi love!
Love Lucy x