So, weeks 2 and 3 of the training were quite tough. This is my second post updating the progress of my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive. I had high hopes about writing separate updates for weeks two and three, but because my pilonidal cyst came back during the weekend after week 2 (perfect timing, right?), and I had to go to the hospital to get it lanced and drained, I couldn’t find the time to write a post. Anyway, since it is now Monday of week 4, I am going to briefly discuss my progress and status in terms of my body and my mental state.
In terms of how my body is feeling, I’m not going to lie to you… I’m in pain. As of now, a great deal of pain has to do with my tailbone cyst, but if you take that out of the equation, I am having a lot of pain near my sacrum, which apparently is a pretty bad area to have pain in. I am not really experiencing sore muscles anymore. I did the first week, but I think I’ve gotten a lot stronger since we’ve been practicing five days a week for 3+ hours. I’m mainly fatigued throughout my whole body, so during this final week I am going to have to be very careful of not overdoing it.
As far as my practice goes, I have noticed a huge difference in my arm strength. I am feeling a lot more evenness in my Chaturanga Dandasana because I was practicing it with my knees on the ground solidly for about 2 weeks. I also notice that I can actually now do forearm stand at the wall (Pincha Mayurasana), which I was not able to do before. I can also do Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana) at the wall with moments off the wall, and Headstand (Sirsasana) completely without the wall. This all has to do with the core stability and arms strength I’ve been building along with a strong focus on proper alignment. Before this program, I always assumed I couldn’t perform these inversions because of weakness alone, but I ultimately learned that once you have the proper alignment, then the strength will come eventually. I still have a lot to do in terms of my own personal practice, but I definitely am seeing a lot of major differences now from when I started 3 weeks ago.
In terms of my mental state, I am kind of all over the place. I have noticed that I am remaining far more positive than I would have if I were to have done a program like this (along with experiencing the tailbone cyst and other pain) a few years ago. I have definitely noticed that this program came at the perfect time in my life, and I am really enjoying what I’m learning about. At times, I do break down and get frustrated because I’m so exhausted, but overall I’d say I’m staying fairly positive about things. The meditation, pranayama and philosophy we’ve been learning about in the Yoga Sutras have definitely played a huge roll on my mental state. All the concepts we read and discuss about truly stick with you because they make perfect sense, and can absolutely be applied to my daily life. If you get the chance to read about the Yoga Sutras at all, I’d definitely recommend it. I might not suggest going straight to the source at first, but maybe reading a book like Heart of Yoga by Desikachar where he explains everything in a more accessible way.
Final Thoughts: So, as I’m heading into my 4th week of this training and getting ready for the exams coming up, I’m exhausted but ready. My body is in a lot of pain because of overuse and unfortunate tailbone cysts that are out of my control, but that was to be expected (not the cyst, though). I will absolutely write a final post after the program is over and my final exams (take home and in class) are submitted. Wish me luck!