I have been practicing yoga on and off for many years. I move around a lot so whenever I move to a new country or city, it takes a while before I’m able to find a yoga studio I like and a teacher I want to follow.
In my dabbling of yoga, I’ve slowly progressed through the asanas (my inflexibility, slowly and painfully improving) but I always knew yoga was much more than its asanas which is why I enrolled for the teacher training course.
During one fo the theory classes we learned about the 8 limbs of yoga- which refer to a way of life that is very much in line with the ideal kind of life I would like to lead.
These 8 limbs are the Yama (attitudes toward our environment), Niyama (attitudes toward ourselves), Asana (physical postures), Pranayama (restraint or expansion of the breath), Pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation) and Samadhi (complete integration).
It stuns me to think that all this time I’ve been doing yoga, I’ve only scratched the surface. I was only exploring the Asana. Through the course I’ve explored Pranayama and Dhyana, both of which I think will be great building blocks as I progress in life.
It’s also made me realise how much I’ve got to learn. We’re always told that 200 hours was not enough and I completely agree. More than a teacher training course, it’s only the beginning of what will be a life long journey of learning and I’m looking forward to further improving myself in the asanas and learning much more about the 8 other limbs of yoga.