Monday the 7th the anatomy test was taken. Questions about the muscular system, skeletal system and the nervous system. I got 26 out of 30 questions right. Tomorrow we’ll have a bigger test. Seventy questions. Unfortunately Jim Preddy is done with teaching Anatomy. First of all I’m going to miss his jokes, relaxed nature and almost permanent smile on his face. Secondly the ‘anatomy time’ will probably be filled with more dialogue clinics, ‘bla bla’ lectures (oops, don’t mean to be rude) and probably late night Bollywood movies.
I wanted to write something about how annoying some of the lectures can be, how annoying some teachers can be, but its really no use. Don’t let anyone take your peace..
The most memorable man I met this week was Jim Ambrogi (Yogi Ambrogi). Jim is a former US Army Ranger, who are the elite members of the US Army, born in what is now called the Italian part of Switzerland. I don’t know which rank he had, but he could either have been a tough Sergeant or a motherly General, but he probably was something inbetween.
When Jim introduced himself, together with some other newly arrived teachers, he didn’t just say his name, where he was coming from and perhaps even some “you’re doing great guys.. Enjoy!!”-lines, like most of the teachers do, but he took the stage, the time and the moment to lecture us about…. well, I don’t even know anymore… I guess staff hadn’t plan this either. I saw Kate (staff member) looking at him like ‘WTF…’ without being able to do anything about the situation.
Later this week I had posture clinic with Jim. From the moment we started he was very clear. He was the director and we had to do as we were told. But Jim also had a soft spot. Jim works with people that are physically disabled, probably most of them veterans with injuries and/or disabilities. His studio is located on the Eisenhower Avenue in Alexandria, Virgina. There’s a refrigirator in his classroom (mind you!!) with water and Gatorade. During the first savasana he will ask his students if they want to drink anything, perhaps someone wants half of a banana or even a cold towel. Hahaha.. Now that I’m writing this down I’m wondering if he didn’t just fool us, but really he was honest and sincere when he told us. He thought it was way to hot in the classroom that morning, so ‘he also took a knee’. Later that day he was the teacher of the five o’clock class. Again he told us to take care of ourselves, drink enough water, electrolytes, vitamins, not pushing yourself over the edge, be gentle and kind to yourself. For a moment I thought it was going to be an easy class.. Well. I was way off. Jim had a very strong dialogue and somehow you just got caught by his words. To be short, for me it was a tough class, but it was an honest class. Not exaggerating anything. Pushing a little bit, but not over the top. Very honest and clear.
The weather here in LA is kind of unpredictable. Today, Saturday, it was clouded, windy and chilly. We went to Manhattan Beach, with ‘my’ group 10, for brunch and study, but most of the group went back to the hotel after the brunch.
Jimmy, Jessica and I watched a surfing contest and for a few minutes catched a couple rays of sunshine. Jimmy, who’s as skinny as I am, only wore a t-shirt and was shaking like a leaf… There’s your ‘Sunny California’..
I wanted to believe that it would be possible to study dialogue on the beach, but I think its kind of fooling yourself… Unfortunately..
Monday and Tuesday were quite well…heat-wise. The yoga room was comfortable. I can’t recall I had any serious difficulties. Wednesday and Thursday times were changing. ‘The heat was on’ again….
Drinking during yoga class here at TT is quite normal. Its called ‘party time’. Most trainees bring at least one bottle of water, Gatorade, coconut water or even coca cola with them into the yoga room. Drinking water in The Netherlands is discouraged. Nevertheless, here at TT, I find it almost impossible not to drink during class, but I’m sure I won’t get used to it. Perhaps I’m just kidding myself by thinking the water will cool me down, but then again, Teacher Training is not really a normal situation.