Yoga teacher training is not for the faint of heart.
Not because you need super cardio vascular strength to be able to weave yourself through hundreds of vinyasas. Not because you stand on your head or balance your body weight on you hands.
Because behind all the fancy poses and power smoothies lies your true soul, pleading (often fearfully) to be found.
Sure we may spend more than 12 hours a day for nearly a month in the yoga shala flowing and breathing and meditating and teaching.
In many ways, yoga teacher training (especially an immersion) is a crash course in how to be powerful, while still being a decent human. Basically, how to be the best version of yourself. So much of the process involved in that kind of self-realization comes from being able to separate and detach from the things we become habitually attached to (think: TV, social media, booze...ahem...sex) to give space to a more mindful way of living and engulf yourself with the attitude that anything is possible.
I sit here in a little seaside bungalow on the quiet island of Gili Air, reflecting on this past month. I can't help but feel unbelievably grateful for the experience I've had and the people who have been part of this journey. I can only dream that more people in this world can share this experience.
So who is yoga teacher training for? Anyone brave enough to find themselves.
As Swami Satyananda Saraswati wrote:
Without involving yourself in a risk nothing great in life can be achieved. Every great yogi, scientist, explorer, and adventurer has faced risks and in this way has invented, discovered or made progress. People who think and talk about risks are cowards, and should not even practice yoga. It is better they eat, drink, be merry and die unenlightened.