I just completed my third week of the yoga training course and I have to admit that these 21 days were not at all easy.
Each day starts at 6.30 in the morning when it is still dark outside and temperatures drop to 45F. Wrapped in multiple layers of clothing and a blanket I join my fellow students for a cup of Ayuverdic tea. Right after, we move on to the cleansing part of the day.
Monday through Saturday we pour warm salt water through our nostrils (jala neti). On Sundays, we stick a string through the nostril (sutra neti) and pull it out through the mouth.
Apparently this quite unpleasant procedure stimulates a lot of nerves which helps maintain good health of ears, eyes, throat and improves breathing quality. Both cleansing techniques help to remove tension of the face muscles which then results in a youthful and fresh look.
The list of benefits of nostril cleaning is pretty long, so even though the practice might sound and look weird at first it is definitely worth trying out. If you are interested in learning more about it please email me as I will be happy to share my experience.
After the cleanse we move to the yoga hall where we chant mantras for 30 minutes followed by 2 hours of asanas (yoga postures).
Breakfast is served around 10 am which is almost 4 hours after waking up. I usually wake up hungry , so one of my biggest challenges in the first week was to survive from 6:30 AM to 10:00 AM on an empty stomach.
After a vegan breakfast we go back to the yoga hall for a very interesting philosophy class. We talk about yoga, life, death and many other fascinating subjects.
Lunch is served around 1:00 PM followed by almost 2 hours of free time, often spent studying, doing laundry (back to hand-washing), and running daily errands. We are back in class by 3:00 PM for an anatomy lecture.
From 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM we have meditation and a Pranayama class followed by dinner, served at 7 PM.
As you see the schedule is pretty hectic, but I can’t complain because I was the one who signed up for it, knowing what I was getting into.
I have to admit though, that I didn’t feel strongly about it each day. I’ve had a few ups and downs on whether I should continue on this or just pack up my backpack and return to my travels.
However, at the end of each day there is always this slight feeling of accomplishment that builds up my will; my new stronger will that helps me to wake up to another day.
So I’m staying.