Ohhhhh, this was my favorite.
After crossing the halfway mark last weekend, I am squarely on the way to being a certified yoga teacher. I am now closer to being a yoga teacher than I am to not being a yoga teacher!
(Ok, that doesn't really make sense. Stay with me.)
So first of all, I bought something new and shiny and beautiful. It's my new yoga mat, and it's gorrrrrgeous. I figured if I was going to do this, I might as well do it properly, so I went for LUXE and I went for a Liforme, the absolute crème de la crème of yoga mats.
Look how sexy it is! Ohhhh, it needs a name. Black Lightning? Hmmm. One option is Bellatrix, as in Bellatrix Lestrange. She was always dressed in black and incredibly powerful and bad-ass (and, fine, she was also very evil, but let's gloss over that part.)
I'm going to muse on naming, but initial impressions of this mat are crazy-positive. It's magically grippy, longer and wider than the average mat, eco-friendly, and has alignment lines to help keep you centred etched right into the rubber. It's going to take me a little getting used to, but I loooove it.
I already discussed the amazing meditation class from Saturday (aka, Sobfest 2016). And Sunday - philosophy day - was just as good, if not quite as emotional. We studied the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.
The Sutras are the philosophy of yoga. Effort towards steadiness of mind. Patience. Dedication. Faith. Practice and non-attachment. So much more. I have so much freakin' sanskrit and so many concepts to memorize about this and wrap my head around, but a lot of it is pretty mind-blowing, so sign me up!
The Bhagavad Gita is the 'Song of the Blessed One.' It's found in an epic Indian text. Imagine this: there are two sets of cousins: the Pandava brothers and the Kaurava brothers. Each rule one half of the kingdom. The Kauranas challenge the Pandavas to a rigged game of dice, and the Pandavas lose, receiving as punishment a 13-year banishment. After the 13 years are over, the Pandavas return to take back their kingdom, and the lead fighter and middle Pandava brother, Arjuna, rallies the troops to battle. He approaches the battlefield, flanked by archers, warriors, soldiers. He sees the battlefield and across it, his cousins and their warriors, some of whom he knows and loves. And he freezes. He has an existential crisis right there and cannot fight. In desperation, he turns to his charioteer and asks him for help. That charioteer, unbeknownst to Arjuna, is Lord Krishna.
And that moment begins the Bhagavad Gita, wherein Krishna counsels Arjuna. It's a reminder to us that we too can ask for help if we are struggling with things in life. It touches on themes including the battle - between darkness/ignorance and light/knowledge, dharma, karma, and being the witness to our own lives. It's really beautiful.
Feeling super peaceful and grateful after such an incredible weekend, learning amazing things and contemplating what is to come.