My First Class as a Yoga Instructor!!!

June 9, 2008

Ulises, the owner of the Bikram Yoga Studio in Mexico City is letting some of us teaching our first yoga class in his studio. Teaching a class is the last step to close the circle that started 9 weeks ago. I got my schedule and I am teaching my first class this coming Wednesday at 8am (maybe not the best time for a night person like me:-).

If any of you are in Mexico City and available at that time, you are more than welcome to join us for this important event (check everything about the studio location and bikram yoga in Mexico in http://www.bikramyogamexico.com).

I am really excited about this. Ulises wants me to teach the class in Spanish so I will have to translate real-time since I learned to teach in english. I am sure everything will be fine, but until Wednesday, let me have my balls in my neck.

I will also teach a second class on Friday at 6:15pm (that is one of the busiest classes in the studio). I will let you know how it goes. So far, I have decided that I am going to teach all my classes in my tiger shorts… and I am going to name myself as “El Tigre de Galicia” (The Tiger of Galicia).

I will let you know on Wednesday how it goes…

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Graduation day!!!!!

June 7, 2008

Hello, I am pleased to announce that I am already a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor!!!!

After 9 weeks of pain and glory we had on Friday our very expected Graduation day. I dressed up for the occasion and wore long pants for the first time in 9 weeks:-) [in the picture with Nora, an austrian sweet girl from my posture clinic group]

 

It was a 3-hour event with speeches from the very best of Bikram yoga… Craig, Emy, Rajashree, Ipqar (Bikram’s new business partner- more about that in another post) and Bikram himself. At the end of the event, Craig called, one by one, the names of each of the 300 new teachers and Bikram gave personally the Diploma to each of us. I have a paper copy of a nice picture with him and the diploma, but here is a not-so-good-one to calm you curiosity down:-)

 

I have sooo many things to tell and write in order to wrap up this amazing experience. I would leave all that for soon-to-come posts. In the meantime, I just wanted to let you all know that I feel very happy about the whole experience. I have a deep feeling of accomplishment and of devotion towards Bikram and the rest of the crew.

More to come…


Last Yoga Class of the Training!!!

June 7, 2008

On Thursday evening, we had the last yoga class of the training.

It was the 94th time (+ one make-up class that I had to do last Sunday) that we spend 90+ minutes in the hot room doing our 26+2 postures (2 set each). I was planning to do it without water but, once I arrived to the torture chamber and noticed how freaking hot it was and how sore my body was, I decided to drink like crazy.

As usual, the second to last class is taught by Rajashree and the last one by Bikram. I didn’t feel very well but I had a very good class due to the high energy in the room. Half due to Bikram and his amazing commanding voice and half due to amount of energy brought by my classmates excited about finishing the yoga class.

Anyway, I wore my tiger shorts for the occasion!!! (what less!). Here is a picture to commemorate my last class. I am there with Dylan, indeed the first person that I met from the training (we flew together from Mexico City).

As you can see, my 6-pack is still in progress but you can see the improvement from the beginning of the training (I didn’t know getting a 6-pack took sooo long:-)

Anyway, I survived my last class and I also accomplished one of the goals I had for this training… getting a picture with Bikram (picture taken after class outside the hot room).

 

So bottomline, I am very proud of myself and the rest of my classmates, I would date myself if I were another person (girl or gay guy) and I am looking forward graduation tomorrow morning…

Viva yo!!!!


My First Yoga Class without a Drop of Water

May 29, 2008

As you know, Bikram yoga is done in a very hot room so, in each class, it is normal to sweat like crazy (2-3 liters of juicy sweat). To prevent deshydration, it is important to drink a lot of water and electrolytes before, during and after the class.

I follow this drinking guideline verbatim, so I drink these days 8-10 liters of water/electrolytes per day. In each yoga class, I drink 2-3 liters with no apparent effort, from any human position and situation. These amazing superpowers led Craig to give me the nickname of Aquaman (that was before Bikram called me Mr. Pregnant;-).

At one point, I noticed that my inmense love for water during the class was almost an addiction. Even during postures, I was thinking all the time about when my next water break was going to be. I deeply believed that I needed that huge amount of water during the class to survive the class.

Yesterday, Casper and Jeanne challenged me just before the evening class, to stay the 90 minutes of class without drinking any water at all. At first, I was as reluctant about it as a cocaine addict about getting into a detox hospital. However, they did a great job in convincing my highly rational and sophisticated masculine mind with the words: “don’t you have balls to do it or what?”. As a good man from the Basque Country, I have enough balls even to cut my balls if needed, so I accepted the water challenge.

I would lie if I said that I didn’t suffer during the class without water but I survived the whole class (taught by Bikram) without drinking. This showed me the big difference between NEED and WANT. I thought that I NEEDED the water to do the class but I DON’T NEED it at all. I just WANT it (with all my heart).

If in life, we were able to differentiate the cases when we really NEED something from the ones when we only WANT that something, we would be able to stop being slaves of our weak minds, increase our self-control and go through life much happier.

Said, I am freaking drinking the next class (but just because I want to 🙂


Posture Clinic is Over!!!!!

May 27, 2008

Hi all!!! Just a quick note that yesterday we finished Spine Twisting Pose and with it the posture clinic of the training. This has been long and painful but now I feel as relieved as after giving birth to a baby with a big head, sharp horns and that is coming perpendicular wise (and I am just a guy:-)

In the last 7 weeks, we have covered the 26 postures in the posture clinic and for 26 times, I had to tell the dialog of each of them in front of the teachers and the rest of the group. It has been an amazing practice for my public speaking skills, my english communication skills and my patience skills (in addition to teach each posture, I had to watch each posture taught 40 times).

Along the way, I received valuable feedback after each posture to improve my voice projection, connection with the students and presence and posture on stage. I have learned a lot but I couldn’t wait to see it over:-) Now that it is over, we are going to have more available time for Bikram’s lectures and also for visiting guests. In addition, I hope to have some mock class exercises to link several poses together and see how it feels to teach a real class.

Finally, I wanted to talk about my posture clinic group. This group of 15-20 people have always been with me in all posture clinic sessions. I have got to know and love each of them. It is a group of amazing people. So here it goes….

HAIL GROUP 1!!!!!!!!

Left to right and top to bottom, SuperG, Danielle, Simone, Laura, Edy, Manali, Melissa, Sean, Rea, Debbie, Nora, Alison, Oscar. Bottom, Danielle, Kylie and Allison.

Big ausence in the picture of great Henry Abuuuuuda!!!


Ex Poena Adveho Formositas

May 16, 2008

[Thanks to Kirk for letting me take a picture of his cool tatoo]

I am just at the end of week 6 of the training and this latin phrase really summarizes how I feel right now. For those, like me, whose latin is a bit forgotten and not in shape, the phrase means: “Beauty comes from within pain”.

Before you call 911 to tell them that I have gone crazy, let me explain myself:

Sometime this week, I felt at my really lowest both physically and mentally. On the mental side, I got really pissed off last Friday when they made us stay in the conference room until 4:30am watching some indian TV series from the 70s. I found it (and still find it) very stupid, especially while I was dying the following day in the yoga with only 2 hours of sleep. So mentally that was the straw that killed the camel (since the beginning, I have found that sometimes the way they treat us here is not the most appropriate for adult people). On the physical side, I got a bad sore throat early this week and for 2 days each yoga class felt really hell. So you can imagine that I was hating the rest of the world and wanted to kill someone.

However, in the last couple of days there has been a turning point and I now feel much better, optimistic, happy, ungrumpy and ready for the weekend. On the physical side, some of my friends here really took care of me and now I feel like a bull again (and I am touched by their tenderness). My last couple of yoga classes, I felt really good and I have noticed how much I have advanced in my practice lately. On the mental side, there are still a lot of things here that I don’t understand, don’t share and plainly find stupid. However, I have also realized that net-net, my experience here is so amazingly positive and life-changing that I shouldn’t get angry by those little stupid things. As I cannot forgive things I consider stupid, I have decide to forget about them (forgotten, non forgiven:-)

Anyway, so now I know that the pain I have had some times in the first 6 weeks of the training, explain a lot of the positive feelings and thoughts that I have right now. I have definitely passed the turning point and I hope to really enjoy the last 3 weeks to the maximum. I have made an incredible group of friends, my body feels great, my mind feels great and I have learned that bones are floating in a sea of fascia (we had a lecture on fascia and it was very interesting;-)

For those of you who find crazy that I complain and talk about suffering and pain while living in a resort in Acapulco, I would like to say that (1) everything is relative, (2) things are different from the inside than from the outside and (3) you will get crazier when you check out my AMAAAAZING skin tan and lovely figure 😛


Half Way Through!!!!

May 8, 2008

In the last few days, I have procastinated a bit regarding my posts in the blog. I don’t know how, but lately, I spend my days either in class, practicing the dialog or sleeping. I apologize to the committed readers and sponsors and I will do my best to beat my procastinating tendencies.

Anyway, we are already in our 5th week of the training and yesterday we crossed the halfway milestone (yupi!!!). This is going crazy fast… My heart is divided in two: on one hand, I am looking forward to the end of this daily double yoga classes and the posture clinic. On the other hand, I am sure I will definitely miss all this a lot when everything is over.

People say that, at some point during these 9 weeks, one experiences a kind of healing crisis, where you find yourself extremely vulnerable and weak (and after surviving, you kinda prove yourself that you are able to do anything). In my case, I think that this week is the one. The last couple of days, I have felt emotionally exhausted, kind of nostalgic and vulnerable as an alheli’s capullo. I think is the combination of physical fatigue, being away from friends and family, with full schedule and no “cave time” for myself. Some of my colleagues here experience this crisis as a need to cry like crazy or laugh like a baby. For me is neither. I just want to stay with my mouth close and my mind examining my past, present and future (all this sounds pretty bullshitted and all-over but that’s how I feel today).

Anyway, I think it is a wonderful experience. The complete isolation from the outter world is allowing me to focus on introsprection and it is helping me undestand myself much better. At the end, it might be true that all this could ultimately change one’s life.

Quote of the day: ” The bones are floating in a sea of fascia”  by Jon Burras in his lecture on Fascia and Emotional Anatomy