You guys, I’m 11 days into my 200-hour yoga teacher training with Quantum Yoga in Sri Lanka and my heart has already exploded with gratitude so many times! I’m learning so much every day and it is exhausting in the best way possible!
My teacher training is led by Lara Baumann, the founder of Quantum Yoga, which is a method of practice using Ayurveda, Vinyasa Flow, and Quantum Physics to help everyone optimize their own personal yoga practice. If that sounds super complicated, don’t worry, it’s really not! Once you learn a bit of base knowledge about Ayurveda and Quantum Physics, integrating it all into your yoga practice just makes so much sense! I’ll be sure to post some more detailed blog posts in the future about how it all works!
For now, I’m just trying to soak in all the knowledge I can get from my teachers and fellow trainees. It’s a small group of only 10 of us here for a whole month of training at the stunning eco-resort Tri Lanka on Koggala Lake! Rainy season has put a little damper on the stunning natural beauty of this place, but it’s been good for helping us focus on studying and practice in our evenings off!
A typical day here for me is:
6am - Roll out of bed 6:30am-8am Meditation and Pranayama (breathing exercises) 8-9:30am Delicious breakfast with lots of fresh fruit and coffee! 9:30-12pm Asana Practice (so this is where Lara leads us through a Vinyasa flow, with some workshops of difficult poses and instruction on how to teach!) 12-1pm Lunch! 1-2:30 Lectures on yoga philosophy and history, ayurveda, quantum physics, etc. 2:30-4pm Adjustments Class! This is where we learn how to verbally guide students into poses and practice giving proper physical adjustments to each other!
From 4-6:30 most nights we have free time to study, chill out by the pool, go into town, or nap! On Wednesdays we watch documentaries about yoga in the evening. Every night we have a delicious vegetarian curry buffet for dinner and then everyone usually goes to their rooms to chill out, study, or sleep quite early!
The days are long and intense but so inspirational! I’ve especially loved learning so much about yoga philosophy and Hinduism, and having so many deep talks about it all with my new friends. I think the daily meditation practice is going to be life-changing, and I can’t wait to keep it up even after this month ends.
So yes, basically a lot of good goodness is happening here, and I’m so excited to become a teacher! (Once I pass my teaching assessment and write my final paper, eep!) I’ll check in again soon with another update!