Guest Post written by Jess & Ashleigh
Last week thirty individuals stepped outside their day-to-day lives to participate in a 200-hour Blissology Yoga Teacher Training course in one of the most magical places on Earth – Tofino, British Columbia.
Some did so with the intention to create new habits and routines; others, to seek space, clarity and serenity; most, to fall in love with yoga again and grow in ways that will allow them to teach others how to do the same; and all, with the desire to build relationships and community, connect with nature, and feel happier in mind and body – the foundation of the Blissology lifestyle.
Have you ever tried to cook something from your grandmother’s old cookbook? It requires many ingredients; energy, time, commitment, planning, strategy, love, trust and patience. Choosing to manifest a new journey, path or adventure in life can be just like that. You feel both the excitement of the New as well as your old fears and nerves.
If you’re helping and not in the throes of the newness of this experience, you can observe the unfolding. Compassion and humor are essential. You watch the group, this swarm of individuals begin to squirm outside of their comfort zone and begin navigating their way through what initially seems like uncharted water. For some, you notice, this feeling is all too familiar, as it is exactly how they respond and react in life with sensations of bobbing around without direction or purpose, all the while, feeling anxious and tense. Yet soon something begins to shift and you notice a deeper sense of self/ selves emerging within the group.
Blissology Yoga believes that every individual has a unique reason for being alive on the planet –we call this our life mission. We study and practice deeply as a group to foster confidence and ease so that we can fully embody our passions, follow our bliss and align our life mission in our teaching, your own practice and in your life. Why bob around, when you can surf?
As we begin learning and connecting with one another throughout the early days of the training, we start to explore the mindset of sustainability in our body and the planet. We learn how to adapt and to care for ourselves, to identify the best principles of alignment to avoid wearing out our joints and to balance our culturally competitive, overzealous mindset with our ability to be sensualists.
It’s simple yet deep. As Eoin says, “often the way we treat ourselves in yoga class is the way we treat one another. ” Our work, as students of Blissology and of life, is to cultivate an equal flow of drive and kindness. Somatically, to listen to bodily feedback and slow down in order to reach the still place inside. This continues Eoin’s “the ultimate sustainability”.
How do we find this? Through our connection to the wild places, through our connection to Nature and through rituals of hugs, laughter, yoga flow, gratitude, dancing, nature appreciation moments, prayer, and great conversation in beautiful spaces. One of the big reasons why we’re here on this wild, west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia Canada, a world away from a crowded city.
With session 1 complete, our heads and hearts are full of new learning, love, and joy. The sun shines amidst rain clouds and YTT students are ready to add more spice and flavour to the newest recipe they have been concocting!
Stay tuned for more blissings, coming by very soon.
Namaste + ALOHA.
Jess & Ashleigh