by Kelly Tysseling
The mist was hanging low over the jungle as I drank my coffee listening to the birds calling, roosters announcing the day, dogs howling. It was a good way to prepare for the first practice of the day.
Ali led an intense class which left me feeling overwhelmed with emotion. As we finished our final pranayama and prepared for savasana, the tears rolled down my cheeks? What is happening? Blame it on mystical Bali, the intensity of a TT, jet lag and wanting to be my best. It’s women surrounding me that 3 days ago were complete strangers. I feel overwhelmed.
Long lectures on the fundamentals of building a great vinyasa based on Ali’s experience and knowledge. I love the more scientific approach she presents as it translates beautifully in my mind. This motivates me to continue to learn…I want to create formulas of flow that speak deeply to every cell of the body, creating an energy that can be gathered and harnessed to perform miracles on the physical and meta-physical planes.
Pool time was fun, at least for me. No one else seemed to want to go in for the drink.
It was our first go at teaching postures, so nerves were high. I clearly have slacked at learning the vinyasa-specific postures. These girls though, they are rockstars and upon graduation the yoga community they guide will be blessed. I hope I can get to that place as well.
Surya A and B- the beginning of the flow. Damn I feel like I have two left feet not to mention my body hurts. Trying to build the perfect sequence with a group is hard, illustrating the individuality and different process that we all have. As I try to teach our Surya B my brain fogs and my tongue ties- I walk away knowing that I demand a lot of myself but we are here for full immersion yoga, unity, and it will come together for me.
Another long day tomorrow, I gotta get some rest and recovery. Thankfully, my body is fed by the wonderful staff here and I feel good.