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Week 5

Posted by on May 25, 2012

Second anatomy test on monday. This test and the test a week ago had 100 questions in total. I had 78 questions right. A lot of trainees had more than 90 questions right, but to be honest, I didn’t do any homework and English is not my first language, so I’m glad with the result. I agree knowledge about the human body is very important for a yoga teacher, but… well, there’s no ‘but’…

Autonomic Nervous System

Autonomic Nervous System

Monday morning we had a teacher from Texas. She was, well how should I put it without being unkind, a bit awkward. She brought a whole caravan of people with her, who were standing in the back en were screaming and yelling once in a while. It was more like a circus than a yoga classroom. Her way of teaching was very energetic, like her whole personality, but to me, this way of teaching makes Bikram yoga more into a regular hardcore workout. During posture clinic she was one of the teachers and stood out with great advice and tips & tricks. She runs three Bikram Yoga schools, so she knows what she’s talking about. A very nice and pretty lady, but her way of teaching was a bit rough for me.

I Love Yoga

I Love Yoga

Some trainees seemed to like the screaming and shouting, so whenever one of these crazy Texan people (no offence) suddenly screamed ‘I LOVE YOGA’, some trainees began to scream and shout like angry birds too… OMG… During savasana, for crying out loud.. Get me out of here… Thursday this happened during Emmy’s class too and she was completely astounded. I think they got her message…

Emmy Cleaves

Emmy Cleaves

Tuesday morning we had class by Rajashree, Bikram’s wife. Class was very powerful, lots of energy. Although Rajashree is very calm and relaxed, she somehow knows how to get the best out of people. Some postures, like awkward pose, took quite a bit longer than normal. In the afternoon Bikram’s niece, Pubali Campbell, gave class. We, group 10, were lucky to have her during posture clinic. Very kind person. Also kind of pleasant, soft and nice, but I found her yoga class that evening being quite though.

Rajashree

Rajashree

During posture clinic I gave Triangle pose. It was the first pose I was somewhat pleased with. The day before I gave standing seperate leg standing posture, which was very bad. I blanked out. Couldn’t connect lines. My homework after Triangle was to continue with whatever I did to get this result. It was repeating, repeating, repeating…. but there’s so little time. ‘Sleeping is optional’, they say…

Sleeping Yogi

Sleeping Yogi

Bikram returned from a two week absence. He gave a lecture Tuesday evening. Most of us were surprised we could already go to bed at 11:15h pm. Wednesday morning I felt ill. No appetite. Since I’m quite skinny that’s not a good thing. That afternoon Bikram gave his first class since two weeks. Ofcourse the room was hotter than ‘normal’ (as if there’s anything normal at TT)… I broke. I wasn’t able to walk out of the room by my self after class. I had a little bit of fever. Took some good old medicine and Thursday my body temperature was back to normal and Friday I was feeling better already.

Friday and Saturday there was a re-certification for about 120 teachers. The yoga room was very crowded and hot and Bikram pushed it a bit more during class, so this was another great example of how I don’t ever want my yoga class to be. Not as an instructor and not as a student. Yoga should be fun. Not a battlefield. Some trainees love it and are capable of dealing with any temperature, but I really don’t see the use of it. I like my muscles to be lean and flexible, not ‘well-done’..

Hot Dog

Hot Dog

Friday evening after posture clinic Bram and I went to the In ‘n’ Out Burger, a MacDonalds clone, a ten minute walk from the hotel. Very good though. Like a goose who needs to grow as fast as possible for his delicious liver, I gobbled down about 1.800 calories. How’s that for a skinny yogi…

In-N-Out Burger

In-N-Out Burger

Saturday morning Rajashree gave class again and this was my first class, since some time, that I was capable of doing all the postures. Nice temperature and quite fast in and out the posture. That was nice for a change.

A teacher at a posture clinic advised us to prepare and learn, during the weekend, at least five postures for week six. Next week I will also be prepared for long nights and just a little bit of sleep. I have no thoughts about it… just go with the flow.. The only way out, is the way through..

3 Responses to Week 5

  1. Tessa Lysen

    Hi Mark,
    Wilde even laten weten dat ik je blogs over de TT trouw volg en vind dat je er hele leuke entertaining stukjes van maakt. Ik lees ze met veel plezier! Het geeft een goed beeld van wat je daar doormaakt. Ik kijk weer uit naar de volgende, maar ook naar je lessen!
    Groetjes, Tessa

  2. Hans Groen

    Hoi Markie Mark!!!!
    ja lekker in het nederlands dit keer. Heb weer genoten van het kijkje dat je mij geeft in je leven daar in LA. Inmiddels weet ik zeker dat ik ook ooit naar TT wil en dat mag wat mij betreft ook in Hawaii of Acapulco zijn. Of Belgie is ook leuk!!! Fijn dat het je lukt om lekker jezelf te blijven, lekker nuchter en doe maar gewoon. Ook goed dat je ervaart hoe jij het absoluut niet wilt. Dat herken ik. Ik heb die goeroe al in veel filmpjes voorbij zien schieten en denk er het mijne van. Zolang de yoga puur is, is alles ok. Je bent erbijna doorheen man!!!! Ben je op tt nog meer afgevallen? Ik ben op het web een foto van je tegengekomen op een oude site waar je beduidend meer vlees op je botten had. sjonge, volgens mij was je toen wel 25 kg zwaarder. Maak er deze week een mooie week van, blijf ervoor gaan. Je bent al geslaagd want je investeert in jezelf en gaat straks andere mensen helpen om in zichzelf te investeren, in zichzelf te geloven, je gaat ze vastberadenheid leren (jouw vastberadenheid), geduld, concentratie, zelfbeheersing en ga zo maar door. Ik kijk uit om straks les van je te krijgen. Gewoon met de lat laag, relaxed zoals jij op dat moment in de wereld staat, met al je ervaring uit 3 maanden USA!!!!
    Geniet van het laatste stukje van de trip!

  3. Marnie Krom

    Lieve Markus,

    Wederom een mooi verslag over je bevindingen omtrent Bikram.
    Ik krijg het altijd al warm bij de eerste zin die ik lees. het sijpelt iedere keer uit je verhalen. 😉
    Ook ik verheug mij steeds op je nieuwe verhaal.
    Wellicht iets om BikramBlog op te zetten 😉 Internationaal.
    Verder zie ik vooral aan de foto’s dat je het reuze naar je zin hebt daar met zoveel leuke en mooie mensen die je hebt ontmoet.
    Petje af voor je uithoudingsvermogen en je drive!

    Liefs en dikke frisse koele;)knuffel van je zus,..

    Marnie kus kus

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