THE TRANCE TO T R A N S F O R M A T I O N

THE TRANCE TO T R A N S F O R M A T I O N

There is not measure to change, nor transformation to say the least. Not by litres, meters, nor tonnes. Perhaps only by perspective and judgement. Possibly by perspective and judgement in relative comparison to a "before" and "after", which is subjective - aka opinion. So in my opinion, my transformation to date has been satisfactory - by my own standards that is. I started this course to force my Yoga journey to level up. I knew that attending regular commercial classes would take forever for any form of progression. So I took it upon myself to intensify my practice with the right technique and correct practice. So I sit here, one day before the final asana exam with a dictionary of Sanskrit names of poses in my head- which was absolutely foreign to me before, feeling very contented. A friend remarked that it has only been 3-4 months and the advancement in my practice seemed drastic. That was by far the most heart warming thing I have heard during this period because it is evidence that hard work pays off. The significance of my improvement is only worth that much when celebrated on my own. But the power translated from my improvement has been shocking. A girlfriend who was just a regular "Sunday yogi" (reference to Sunday catholic) decided to endeavour on her own YTT after witnessing my journey. The power to inspire and do good for others while doing good towards self is one of the most rewarding feelings. However, the benefits reaped did not come free and easy. Pools of sweat, sacrificing time, and determination to keep practicing were significant contributing factors. The most rewarding thing I take from thus YTT journey is that - I found peace with myself. And I found a vice-less sanctuary - where I feel that I am the best version of myself. I'm not certain if it is a good thing already, but people who are close to me now very closely associate me with Yoga and most conversations seem to find a way that leads to a Yoga related topic. To me, it's nearly quite flattering because it is an honourable art to be associated with and to be deemed as a representative of it is quite the privilege. As calming Yoga practice is meant to be, it is also rather contagious, addictive and infectious - like a trance. Almost always, once encountered, people want to get immersed in it. I too, have been a victim to its captivating form. Because of Yoga, I am better able to recognise what my purpose in life is, and will help me to align my actions and future decisions to contribute to achieving this purpose. For me, the learning curve will still be steep and will not come to a halt. Yoga is a life long journey, I am determined to use my practice as a tool in life to fulfil the ulterior purpose.   Namaste, Valerie Lange 200 hrs weeks 17 Jan '15