It's been a while...
Hello everyone! I apologize for the long absence. Yoga teacher training became very intense and I wanted to make sure I gave all of my attention to it. It paid off, I am officially a Registered 200-Hour Yoga Teacher!!! I even got a 100% on my written exam! To say I am excited is an understatement. I've been teaching some free classes and the feeling I get when I teach is pure happiness. I'm so proud of the work I put in and amazed by how good I feel when I teach. I know some people saying following your passion can be foolish, but I am so happy that this opportunity came into my life.
Today, I'd love to share with you something really weird we did while in yoga teacher training. The first week of training was really hard, we were all either jet lagged, nowhere near acclimated to the heat and humidity, or our bodies and minds were incredibly tired from a week straight of asana, practice and theory. I think thats why the program incorporates Bakoshi Therapy into our first week.
Bakoshi Therapy comes from Japan. Oil from fermented herbs and plants are rubbed into your skin and then you sit in 150°F enzyme dirt bath for 15-30 minutes and sweat. It it said to have great effects on the body by reducing insomnia, reducing dizziness, relieving muscle pains, increasing circulation and increasing endurance and stamina. Sounds weird, right? And it was! But even if it wasn't pleasant throughout the process, I think everyone in my group was very grateful the day after. We all needed a little help at that point.
So here is exactly how it all went down. All 10 of us showed up to the Bakoshi building. We were led upstairs and each brought into our own rooms to get a massage with the special oils. They had a nice spicy scent to them, almost like cinnamon. I loved my massage, it was hard enough to get all my kinks out from a week of intense yoga, but not too rough as to hurt. That wasn't true for everyone though. My friend asked her masseuse to go a little easier on her and the masseuse laughed at her...
Our "bunny suits" as we liked to call them were next. They consisted of pants with the bottom hem sewn shut, so our feet were completely covered. Then we were given a hoodie where the hands were sewn shut. Now I'm the kind of person who has to stick my feet out of my blankets when I sleep, so this in itself was a small sort of torture. We all laughed so hard when we saw each other in the bunny suits.
Now we're at the really fun part: getting buried in dirt. We all went into the basement of the building and there were two rows of dirt and a couple of men digging people in and out of it. It was so hot down there, I was already sweating. I was the third person to be dug in and I was not expecting the intense heat of the dirt. I laid down and my butt was immediately burning! It was pretty uncomfortable, but tolerable. I told myself I would at least stay in the dirt for 20 minutes and that was getting difficult to accomplish by the 5 minute mark. My tailbone and back of my heels were getting so hot that it became painful. So I put my hands under my tailbone and slightly lifted my heels the whole time. Amazingly, I made it 20 minutes!
As I emerged from the dirt, I could feel all of the sweat that was in my bunny suit. Thankfully, they had showers to get all the grime off. After what I can easily say was probably the best shower of my entire life, we all sat around in cute robes and drank a sweet ginger tea. You kind of need something sweet afterwards, I'm not sure why, but it was a perfect ending to such a unique experience.