Teacher Training: A Weekend Off in the Universe

In case you forgot, I was really looking forward to this coming weekend — a time off from teacher training. Well, I’ve realized that TT keeps me from indulging too much in the freedoms of the weekend and spending too much money.

I found myself going shopping on Saturday and spending more than I had planned on new clothes. There goes my April budget.

My muscles are also tweakier than normal this weekend: my right heel feels tight, my right shoulder is strained a bit from Kickball, and I took a minor tumble in class in a balancing pose bruising my hip / thigh.

Speaking of class, I did go to some great classes this past weekend! Les Leventhal‘s Saturday morning followed by Stephanie Snyder’s Sunday Level 2 class. I’ve heard rave reviews about Stephanie and have wanted to check her out — but the timing has been somewhat inconvenient with Teacher Training, but more than that, her classes are packed! A sign of a great teacher, obviously, but not something I want to deal with all the time.

I really liked her class though. Her alignment cues were very unique and thoughtful — and I ended up feeling quite emotional toward the end of savasana. I don’t think I’ve ever really processed the popular Namaste reading towards the end of class. I had a profound connection to it.

I honor the place in you
in which the entire universe dwells.
I honor the place in you
which is of love, of truth, of light, and of peace.
I honor the place in you where,
if you are in that place in you,
and I am in that place in me,
there is only one of us.

I really like the idea that there really is some concept of the universe in all of us. I believe this. The place in me, where the entire univese dwells — I envision atman, this divine spark, within all of us. The spark being some kind of physical tie to the entire universe.

With all of the cosmology, spirituality and particle physics that I’ve been immersing myself in — I can’t help but think about our lives in this way. But, if this is the case,  you can take a moment to focus on that spark –realizing that every other person we meet has this same place inside them. Connecting every one of us. It’s a really comforting idea. Makes me glad to spend my weekend off in the universe enjoying my friends and the city that I love.

Not this year, Passover

I’ve tried and I’ve given up. I don’t like it, but more than the challenge the frustration has gotten to me. Trying to find Matzo in San Francisco is ridiculous. I went to four different grocery stores — all of them are sold out of pretty much all of their passover goods except for matzo meal. I am continually offered matzo meal, as if this is some kind of consolation — it’s not.

With everything else going on with my diet right now, I’ve decided that it’s ok to not keep kosher this year — but I still feel pretty terrible about it. We’ll be hosting our second annual seder at Scott & Katie’s house this year — which should be fun as always.

Teacher Training: A Weekend Off

Whew. I can’t believe that almost two months have gone by since I started teacher training. For the past several weeks we’ve spent most of our time studying philosophy on Friday nights followed by two alignment classes on Saturday and Sunday. The one exception being a functional anatomy weekend hosted by physical therapist extraordinaire, Harvey Deutch.

This past weekend marked the conclusion of the first segment of our training, with our final alignment classes with Chrisandra. We concluded with learning the intricacies of head and shoulder stand — as well as spent some time in small groups leading our own practice.

All-in-all, my alignment is much better than it was before I started. Poses that never felt like a stretch are now a challenge — even child’s pose feels like a brand new experience. Each time I practice in class, I discover a new sequence or a new way of taking my practice deeper. It’s exciting.

All that said, though, I’m very excited for my weekend off. It couldn’t come at a better time. Last month, we were told that we’d likely come to a point where we feel tired and frustrated with the training — I hit that point this past weekend. I’m glad that I can take some time to practice on my own or in class and not have to worry about readings, homework or spending next weekend in class. I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with myself — but it’ll probably include Yoga to some degree.

I am most definitely still enjoying it –I’m just looking forward to my weekend off.