The Beginning of my Yogi Adventure

Hello hello hello… Happy nearly summer! And I can’t believe I say this since the last time I wrote a post was back in February?! Crazytown…

The last few months have been hectic, but in a good way. I had to cut out the travel (Hawaii was the last Hurrah for a while) and stay local in Portland – which has been great but just different for me. Soooo the reasons being:

  1. I’m training for a half marathon and trying to get as much running in as I can
  2. Camogie training has kicked off and it’s a Saturday kind a thang
  3. I’ve started my 200hr Yoga Teacher Training

Enter the Yogi Adventure

Completing the teacher training has been something I’ve thought about since I started practicing back in August 2015. But I really didn’t consider it as an actual thing I could do until I started taking classes at Yoyoyogi. Their teachers are amazing and so different to each other that every class attended, is a new experience. I looked in to their program and just knew it was the right fit for me. Anyhow, that all kicked off around the middle of April and I’m now in week 4. It’s been a terrifying, emotional, raw and insanely incredible adventure so far.

Over the past few weeks, not only has my practice improved but my confidence has hit a whole new level. 6 months ago I would have fainted at the thought of talking in front of more than 3 people. Now, I love it. I’m more assertive in what I say, how I act and where I lay my true values. This has to do a lot with the inspiring humans who lead the program and those who are learning along with me. The trainers are setting us up with building blocks on how to live our lives in the best possible way and as part of this, we study the Yamas and Niyams.

Yamas:

  • Ahimsa: nonviolence
  • Satya: truthfulness
  • Asteya: nonstealing
  • Brahmacharya: continence
  • Aparigraha: noncovetousness

Niyamas

  • Saucha: cleanliness
  • Samtosa: contentment
  • Tapas: heat; spiritual austerities
  • Svadhyaya: study of the sacred scriptures and of one’s self
  • Isvara pranidhana: surrender to God

Having awareness of how I live by these guidelines to create and maintain a meaningful life has been a game changer. We’re living in a weird and wild place in time and it’s so easy to get caught up in the white lies, persuasion, consumerism, over consumption and fear in todays society. Although it can be frustrating, overwhelming and unfair sometimes, there are also unlimited possibilities for growth in wellbeing, experiences and peace.

I’m meant to be journaling continiously about my journey but it’s hard for me. I’ve always been such a huge advocate for throwing a pen down on paper but now that I have to do it again, it’s just so flippin difficult! In saying that, it’s still a small but worthwhile habit I’m trying to create because the few time’s I’ve managed to transfer what’s going on in my head in to my little notebook, there have been  lightbulb moments. It’s awesome.

So with all of this diving emotionally deep internally and physically exerting myself externally, I’m wrecked. But happy. So so happy. I’m doing all of the things I love and cherish while meeting some pretty cool indivuals. And although I can’t wait to see what happens next, right now is pretty great place to be.

–  Zita

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